EU Sustainable Food Systems Law - Open letter to President Ursula von der Leyen
286 organisations urge Commission President to stick to Sustainable Food System Law
Political resistance against sustainable food policies is threatening to derail the process for
an EU Sustainable Food Systems Law.
What’s the EU Sustainable Food System Law?
The way we produce and consume food is not only unsustainable, but also detrimental to
our own health. Currently, our food systems are responsible for 34% of global GHG
emissions, for massive biodiversity loss and for the unhealthy diets behind the deaths of 1 in
To address this, the European Commission is working on an EU legislative framework for
sustainable food systems for September 2023. This law has the potential to enable all EU
citizens to access more equitable, healthy and environmentally friendly food by fostering
food environments that nurture people’s health and protect the planet.
Against this backdrop, 286 organisations have issued an open letter urging European
Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to ensure the Commission proposal is presented
by September 2023, as planned.
Why do we need this letter?
A recent leaked internal Commission document has shown that there is strong political
resistance against this law, which could hinder this process.With food prices going through
the roof and nature destruction escalating, the EU cannot simply bear the cost of inaction.
You can read the letter here.