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Status Europe: Coalition Presents Food for Thought to Encourage Innovation

At the Universal Expo in Milan, the Agri-Food Chain Coalition (AFCC), representing 11 industry associations, presented, Food for Thought: A Vision for Unlocking the Potential of Agriculture and Food Industries in the EU, to Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan. The joint declaration was designed to showcase the importance of science and innovation in the European Union’s agri-food sector._x000D_
“Innovation is the key to sustainable food security; through innovation, we can improve resource-efficiency, adapt to climate change, improve food safety, diversity and quality while maintaining the competitiveness of the agri-food sector and creating more and better jobs in rural areas,” Hogan said._x000D_
Speaking on behalf of the AFCC, Alexander Döring, chair of the AFCC and secretary general of the European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation said, “AFCC members insist on the need to reshape the EU policy framework by removing bottlenecks and providing new incentives to favour the development of a comprehensive innovation toolbox allowing EU agri-food chain partners to become more productive in a sustainable way.”_x000D_
Members of the AFCC called on the commissioner to consider the recommendations outlined in the joint declaration to help ensure that Europe’s agri-food chain can continue to meet the ever-changing needs of consumers, grow sustainably, innovate and create jobs. Source: European Seed Association.