The United States and the European Union have agreed to work together to create new global diets, despite major differences over ‘sustainable agriculture’. Washington and Brussels will not only strengthen the global food supply, but also work to protect the environment and climate.
US USDA Undersecretary of State Jewel Bronak told reporters in Rome after attending a UN conference on food systems. Bronak said he and European Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wozniacki (pictured) wanted to find a common ground. This may be despite the fact that the United States and the European Union do not strongly agree on how to stabilize agriculture.
Bronak did not give any details on how to do it, but stressed that the meeting with the EU Commissioner was “very positive” and that the two agreed to work together on future plans.
The EU reviews general agricultural policy and the growing and food production patterns of the 27 EU countries. In doing so, the EU wants to reduce the use of chemical agents and turn agricultural land use into organic.
In the United States, there have been strong objections to government intervention and restrictions on agriculture and the food industry. Among other things, they are opposed to European trade restrictions on genetically engineered foods. In addition, the EU plans to impose an CO2 environmental tax on imports of pollutants, which will not do enough to combat climate change.
Science and innovation
“We are committed to recognizing our differences and focusing on science and innovation in tackling food security and climate change,” Bronak said. At the same time, he stressed that the Biden administration did not guarantee the new standards that foreign reforms would impose on American farmers. “Everyone has a different approach to improving sustainability,” he said. There are different approaches to sustainable farming practices. There is no one right way to do that. ‘
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