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EU policies do not favour sustainable production or consumption

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: A new WWF report focuses on government policy effects on food costs, finding that EU policies promote meat overconsumption and neglect sustainable food
• The report zeroes in on five countries - France, Belgium, and Sweden - and underscores their ongoing support for policies detrimental to the adoption of sustainable food practices among the populace

🔭 The context: The EU's ongoing food security debate emphasizes voluntary coupled support and the EU fixed price mechanism within the Common Agricultural Policy
• The debate revolves around how these tools don’t offer equal protection across healthy and unhealthy products

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Ignoring sustainable food policies and the current unequal food protections exacerbates healthy food accessibility challenges amid inflation and stagnant wages
• Many households, caught in an economic downturn and cost-of-living crisis, can't afford even basic nutrition, compounded by a transparency deficit in food retailer data

⏭️ What’s next: The EU Sustainable Food Law, slated for a late September reveal, aspires to enhance sustainable food access
• Yet, its rollout remains uncertain, as per recent media buzz, stressing the need for holistic contributions from food stakeholders and finishing the inceptive transition processes

💬 One quote: “Dropping the EU Sustainable Food Systems Law would be a grave error. Faced with droughts and heatwaves, it's futile to just invest in damage control.” (Giulia Riedo, WWF European Policy Office)

📈 One stat: Amidst 2022's soaring inflation, many EU nations saw zero wage growth, limiting households from accessing a calorie-sufficient diet

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