When Ursula von der Leyen launched the Commission’s Green Deal ambition just over a year ago, none of us could have predicted the devastating events that would follow as Covid-19 swept across the globe, knocking us all off course.
Looking to 2021, our industry remains as dedicated as ever to achieving more sustainable food systems and helping the Commission meet its Green Deal goals, as we continue to work through Covid-19 to keep food on the table.
The pandemic has taught our industry a lot, and three things stand out:
- We have a resilient supply chain. That 500 million consumers around Europe have continued to access quality food and drink products, despite major disruption, is testament to a finely tuned process and the tireless work of people up and down the food supply chain.
- Constructive dialogue is essential to solve problems. The food and drink industry, alongside many stakeholders, maintained regular contact with the European Commission, the FAO and others during the pandemic to flag up – and rapidly resolve – pressure points that threatened to break the food supply chain.