Making Europe a global bioeconomy leader – FEDIOL outlines its vision
On the occasion of its Annual General Assembly in Brussels, Belgium this week, FEDIOL, the EU vegetable oil, and protein meal industry association, outlines its policy priorities for the future of the Agri-Food sector in Europe. In a vision document, the association highlights how the European protein and vegetable oil sector can contribute to Europe being a leader in the global bioeconomy.
According to Vegetable Oil and Protein meal Industry (FEDIOL), the agri-food sector faces a perfect storm: increased global demand for food and severe pressure on agriculture due to factors such as climate change. Furthermore, Europe is facing a large deficit in protein-rich crops, while global demand for protein is expected to rise substantially in the coming years.
FEDIOL’s approach focuses therefore on three key policy priorities:
- Fostering an environment for safety, quality, and innovation in Europe, that ensures food safety standards, and empowers consumers to make informed choices on the back of evidence-based policymaking.
- Driving sustainable use of agricultural raw materials in Europe by maximising the value of biomaterials and addressing Europe’s protein deficit.
- Promoting responsible supply chains around the world, through trade and cooperation.
As the EU enters a new legislative term which will be critical in shaping the future of Europe, we call on policymakers to support the transformation of our food system and unleash the potential of a sustainable bioeconomy. Meeting global demand for food in a sustainable way is the greatest challenge of our generation. With our manifesto, we present our vision for the future of the agri-food sector, and our commitment to engaging with supply chain partners, policymakers and other stakeholders to find collective responses to common challenges, said John Grossmann, FEDIOL’s President.