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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.
Teagasc National Bioenergy Conference 2013 Dublin, November 8th, 2013. Keynote Speech by Mairead McGuinness, MEP Vice-Chairman of the EPP Group […]
A voluntary code of practice in the food supply chain to be launched today (Monday) in Brussels has been described […]
June 12th, 2013 Rapid alertsÂ Â The 2012 annual report on Europeâ€™s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) has […]
Today, Wednesday, June 5th, is World Environment Day (WED). This yearâ€™s theme is â€˜Think, Eat, Saveâ€™ â€“ an anti-food waste […]
Last year was a difficult year for Irish farming, with farm incomes down 15 per cent, according to Teagascâ€™s latest […]
May 6th, 2013 Rural Ireland is experiencing a very serious shortage of fodder after an extremely long winter and spring. […]
March 19th, 2013 March 19th and the European Parliament turned green as we joined with fellow Irish MEPs and colleagues […]
Friday, 01 February – Trust is the key ingredient in a successful supplier – retailer – consumer relationship according to […]
Farming in Society. The Oxford Farming Conference Adrress by Mairead McGuinness MEP Thursday January 3, 2013. Chairman, Secretary of State […]