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Creation of a MedDiet Label Key to E.U. Food Security and Sustainability, Report Says

Mar. 8, 2021
Paolo DeAndreis

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A coali­tion of local and regional rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the European Union and their Mediterranean part­ners has pro­posed a nine-point plan to pro­mote sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture and food secu­rity.

In a newly-pub­lished report, the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (Arlem) argued for a macro-regional strat­egy to address the many chal­lenges faced by European agri­cul­ture, start­ing with cli­mate change.

With all the uncer­tainty and ten­sion in the Mediterranean region, local and regional author­i­ties that are mem­bers of the Arlem… can act to reduce the food vul­ner­a­bil­ity of local com­mu­ni­ties.- Arlem, 

In the face of global warm­ing, which will exac­er­bate ten­sions in the Mediterranean area, we must act to max­i­mize the ben­e­fi­cial effects of sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture,” said Agnès Rampal, deputy mayor of Nice and author of the report.

I call for true resilient food sov­er­eignty, thanks in par­tic­u­lar to an upgraded Mediterranean diet, adapted to cli­matic con­di­tions, respect­ful of nat­ural resources, vig­i­lant about health and able to ensure proper remu­ner­a­tion for farm­ers,” she added.

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The assem­bly advo­cated for cre­at­ing a Mediterranean diet label, which would pro­mote sus­tain­ably-pro­duced local foods and add value to tra­di­tional prod­ucts, such as extra vir­gin olive oil.

Arlem high­lighted the need to pro­mote the Mediterranean diet through­out the region, argu­ing a renewed empha­sis on the value of local food pro­duc­tion would cut down on imports and waste.

The report also called for more invest­ment in research and devel­op­ment for farm­ing meth­ods and tech­nolo­gies along with more coop­er­a­tion among pri­vate and pub­lic stake­hold­ers in the sec­tor.

With all the uncer­tainty and ten­sion in the Mediterranean region, local and regional author­i­ties that are mem­bers of the Arlem… can act to reduce the food vul­ner­a­bil­ity of local com­mu­ni­ties and ensure that the var­i­ous forms of Mediterranean farm­ing are bet­ter able to cope with the upheaval caused by cli­mate change,” the report con­cluded.

Moving towards a food sys­tem and sus­tain­able pro­duc­tion and con­sump­tion pat­terns to deliver envi­ron­men­tal, health, social and eco­nomic ben­e­fits within global lim­its: this ambi­tion could be at the heart of a Mediterranean macro-regional strat­egy.”





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