Anneliese has condemned the European Commission for failing to present a planned communication on sustainable food.
The Commission was due to produce a communication on sustainable food by 2013, but when Anneliese used a Parliamentary Question to ask the Commission if and when they would be providing this, they could not give a straight answer.
Anneliese additionally asked what the Commission’s strategy was for reducing the proportion of EU cereals used as animal feed, as this is one of the most environmentally inefficient and unsustainable ways of feeding livestock. The Commission admitted that it has no specific strategy to do this, showing how great the need is for an in depth long term strategy for improving the sustainability of the food we eat.
Anneliese said: “The Commission has missed out on a real opportunity by abandoning its communication on sustainable food. It is incredibly important for both Britain and the rest of the EU that we produce food as efficiently and sustainably as possible, so it is very disappointing that the European Commission do not consider this to be a priority.”