Own-initiative report brings needed attention to food resource efficiency concerns

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Own-initiative report brings needed attention to food resource efficiency concerns

9 July 2015
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On Tuesday 7 July, the European Parliament will vote on Sirpa Pietikäinen’s (EPP, Finland) own-initiative report on the circular economy.

Eurogroup for Animals and its members, support this very good initiative, which if adopted in Plenary, will help to support progress towards a truly circular and resource efficient economy.

On Tuesday 7 July, the European Parliament will vote on Sirpa Pietikäinen’s (EPP, Finland) own-initiative report on the circular economy. Eurogroup for Animals and its members, support this very good initiative, which if adopted in Plenary, will help to support progress towards a truly circular and resource efficient economy.

Due to the proven impact of agriculture and food production, including animal farming, on the use of resources, it is essential that associated food production and consumption is fully integrated into the circular economy. And in our view, this report will help to ensure such resource efficiency considerations, whilst supporting improved coherence with sustainable development goals and ethical considerations.

Ultimately, we feel that more information on the external costs of different food products, including animal products and methods of production, will be essential elements for better understanding associated impacts of our food system and informing pathways for improved resource use that better respects the environment and animal welfare. The publication of a Communication on Sustainable Food that encourages the development of a more Sustainable Food Policy, which is called for in this report, is an absolutely critical first step towards improved resource efficiency in food and farming. We hope that this week the European Parliament will take this important step to facilitate progress towards a more resource efficient Europe, one which should also respect the sentience of animals that supply so much of what we consume.

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