Taking the floor on behalf of the PES Group, the PES-NAT coordinator Karsten Uno Petersen, Regional Councillor from Denmark, underlined the overall importance of a well-functioning and high-quality health sector for the wellbeing of EU citizens and called for the EU's Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) to be extended into a broader Common Agriculture and Food policy.
"The need for dietary changes (aimed at preventing and tackling health risks) and for modifications at the level of production modes (such as the prohibition of pesticides) go hand in hand when it comes to building a healthier society" he emphasized.
Petersen also pointed towards the added value of short food supply chains. "They guarantee fairer prices for farmers, access to fresh products for consumers, a reduced environmental impact, and greater social cohesion" he stressed. "Despite these advantages, on average only 15% of EU farms sell more than half of their production directly to consumers. We can do better."