Archive for the category: ‘Food Security’

Focus On - Food Security

Food security has become an important element of the work of the European Union. To achieve food security, people must, at all times, have access to sufficient quantities of food that is of a safe standard and is nutritious enough to meet their dietary needs. Food also needs to be priced so that it does not make it too expensive for the population to afford. In recent times food prices have risen considerably.

Reducing by half the number of people suffering from hunger by 2015 is a priority for the EU and the International community enshrined in the first Millenium Development Goal. Over 900 million people are estimated to be malnourished - most of them in Sub-Saharan Africa and in South Asia. Even if food prices ease, they are still very high and subject to volatility in some developing countries, affecting access to food for low income population groups.

Europe and the wider world need to produce enough food for a global population that is growing, while making use of scarce resources in a way that minimizes waste. Furthermore, food production and the sourcing of food must be done in a manner that balances the needs of people with environmental sustainability, while not disadvantaging developing countries that produce food for developed countries. Food security is a recurring theme in the Parliament's Agriculture Committee, of which I am a member, as the EU strives to ensure that food continues to be readily available in the EU at reasonable prices and imported in a fair manner from other countries.

Underlying my commitment to addressing the issue of food security, I was the Parliament's author of a report on Food Security and the Common Agriculture Policy in 2008.

My report addresses issues within food security such as pricing, the affect on the developing world and the role the Common Agriculture Policy can play in ensuring food security in the European Union in the future.

March 9th, 2016

McGuinness urges Commission to address the depth of the farm crisis

Intense stress and pressure on family farms across the EU 9 March 2016 Mairead McGuinness MEP and Vice-President of the […]

March 8th, 2016

McGuinness welcomes healthy funding boost for Irish schools

08 March 2016 A programme to provide for healthy eating initiatives in EU schools worth €250 million has passed the […]

May 8th, 2015

OBESITY, MALNUTRITION AND UNDERNUTRITION – FOOD FOR THOUGHT MAIREAD MCGUINNESS TELLS EXPO 2015

“The issue of good, safe, nutritious and an adequate supply of food is so big, so universal and so clouded […]

April 15th, 2015

AGRICULTURE SHOULD BE CENTRE STAGE IN UK REFERENDUM DEBATE MCGUINNESS TELLS GORT COMMUNITY EXPO

Agriculture, food production and food security should be key elements of the anticipated UK referendum debate on continued membership of […]

October 3rd, 2014

Hogan echoes McGuinness’ call for action on unfair food supply chain practices

Mairead McGuinness MEP welcomed the commitment given by Ireland’s Commissioner-designate Phil Hogan to look closely at unfair practices in the […]

July 25th, 2014

MCGUINNESS CALLS FOR NEW EU COMMISSION TO RAMP UP ACTION ON FOOD

The new EU Commission must urgently tackle unfair trading practices in the food supply chain, Mairead McGuinness MEP and Vice-President […]

March 20th, 2014

McGuinness welcomes fishing deal on mackerel

Mairead McGuinness MEP has described a new mackerel fisheries agreement brokered between the EU, The Faroe Islands and Norway as […]

January 13th, 2014

LAND – EXPENSIVE BUT WORTH IT?

Reliance of family farming on off-farm income to sustain the farm business is both a strength and a weakness, MEP […]

November 11th, 2013

Teagasc National Bioenergy Conference 2013

Teagasc National Bioenergy Conference 2013 Dublin, November 8th, 2013. Keynote Speech by Mairead McGuinness, MEP Vice-Chairman of the EPP Group […]

September 16th, 2013

SUPERMARKET CODE INSUFFICIENT SAYS MEP

A voluntary code of practice in the food supply chain to be launched today (Monday) in Brussels has been described […]

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