POLICY VIEWS

FOSTERING SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS

Sustainable plant-based food chains require an integrated, cross-sectoral approach that encourages environmentally-friendly practices along the value chain, from crop production to food waste and recycling. It is thus essential to elaborate a comprehensive EU agri-food policy.

 

ACHIEVING A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR PLANT BASED FOODS 

Plant-based foods are often presented as “alternatives to…”, “imitation food” , “replacer …” which gives them to be seen as unauthentic and of lower quality, while they are expected to observe more legal requirements. In order to recognise their role in healthy diets, as well as in climate change mitigation, we need to work towards a level playing field for plant-based products. 

 

IMPLEMENTING MEANINGFUL LABELLING REQUIREMENTS FOR PLANT-BASED FATS

While EU food labelling legislation aims to better inform consumers to support healthier and/or sustainable choices, some requirements that bear on plant-based fats are little relevant, or may even misguide, consumers as to the content, origin and nutritional value of the food products. 

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