The European organic movement expresses its solidarity with all people in Ukraine, our friends living, working and producing food in Ukraine, with those in Russia suffering the consequences of policies based on misinformation, deceit and violence, and with all across the globe who have to face the war machine and its propaganda. From the bottom of our hearts, we are thankful to all those (including many farmers) who help refugees in the eastern regions of the EU.
Inevitably, war will disrupt some supply chains and affect food prices. But this crisis, like the pandemic before it, and others that potentially follow these, should strengthen the EU’s determination to make our food system more resilient, in line with planetary boundaries and bring our economic model back in balance with nature. The EU should seek to work towards an agroecological and social model which is more resilient, fairer, healthier, more knowledge-intensive and based on shorter supply chains – rather than the agro-industrial model which is highly dependent on global imports and exports, fossil-fuels and non-circular inputs.
The EU Farm to Fork Strategy sets the right mid- and long-term objectives to ensure food security in an uncertain and volatile world. Shorter and better structured supply chains can reduce speculation and price volatility. Relocalisation and de-complexification of our food production system, coupled to changes in diet and decreasing intensity in animal husbandry, can reduce dependency of imports of grains and legumes for feed, as highlighted by scenarios of a transition to agroecology (see IDDRI’s Ten Years for Agroecology)).
Let’s keep in mind the lessons learned of farm and food systems needing fundamental changes to deliver more stability and resilience. And, let’s stand united and in solidarity with those suffering due to the war at Europe’s borders – this is our main focus.