Farm to Fork

The European Commission last year presented its Farm to Fork strategy. The strategy aims to move the EU food system to a more healthy and sustainable state. It proposes ambitious targets for 2030. The area under organic farming should grow to 25% of total farmland, the use and risk of pesticides should go down by 50%, the use of fertiliser down by 20% and the use of antibiotics by 50%. It furthermore wants to empower consumers to choose healthy and sustainable diets by developing labelling that covers nutritional, climate, environmental and social aspects of food products. 

The Farm to Fork strategy is part of the 2019 European Green Deal. The objective of the program is to make food systems fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly.
Food systems cannot be resilient to crises such as the Covid-19 pandemic if they are not sustainable. The Farm to Fork Initiative within the European Commission demands to redesign our food systems which today account for nearly one-third of global GHG emissions, consume large amounts of natural resources, result in biodiversity loss and negative health impacts (due to both under- and over-nutrition) and do not allow fair economic returns and livelihoods for all actors, in particular for primary producers.
Making food systems more sustainable brings new opportunities for operators in the food value chain.

The Panel Farm to Fork will take place on June 24th at 4:00 p.m. CET

Speaker

Tassos Haniotis

Tassos Haniotis is Director for “Strategy, Simplification and Policy Analysis” in the DG for Agriculture and Rural development of the European Commission (and currently also Acting Deputy Director-General for Directorates ABC, DG AGRI). During his 30-year career in the European Commission he has also held posts as Acting Director for Direct Payments, Head of Unit in the Agricultural Policy Analysis and Perspectives Unit and the Agricultural Trade Policy Analysis Unit in DG AGRI, as Deputy Head of Cabinet of former European Commissioner for Agriculture Franz Fischler, and as Agricultural Counsellor in the European Commission’s Delegation in the US.

Tassos holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of Georgia in the U.S., and a B.A. in Economics from the Athens University of Economics and Business in his native Greece, and was a visiting Fellow at the Centre for European Agricultural Studies, Wye College, University of London.

A member of the Executive of the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium during 2012-14, Tassos currently represents the European Commission in the G20’s Rapid Response Forum, which he chaired in 2020-21.

Christoph Heinrich, born in 1965, is a member of WWF’s Executive Board and is responsible for WWF’s nature conservation work to preserve biological diversity. The focus is on the protection of endangered habitats and species in international priority regions of the tropics and temperate latitudes, as well as in Germany.

After studying law and geography in Giessen, Christoph Heinrich began his professional career at NABU, where he headed the Nature Conservation and Environmental Policy Department at federal level until 2004.

As a member of numerous nature conservation organizations, the geographer has been active in nature conservation on a voluntary basis since his youth.

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Education and profession

1992 Abitur at the Gymnasium an der Stadtmauer in Bad Kreuznach, Germany
1992 to 1998 Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
1998 Master’s degree in theology, political science and pedagogy
1998 state examination in religion and social studies
1998 to 2002 freelancer at SWR television, Mainz
1998 to 2000 journalistic traineeship
2000 to 2002 editor at the magazine “weinwelt
2001 to 2009 editor-in-chief at “Sommelier-Magazin

Political career

since 1997 Member of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU)
since 2002 Member of the Rhineland-Palatinate CDU state executive committee
2002 to 2011 Member of the Bundestag for the districts of Bad Kreuznach and Birkenfeld (among other things, member of the Agriculture Committee of the German Bundestag, Consumer Representative of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group, Deputy Chairwoman of the Working Group on Agriculture, Food and Consumer Protection)
since 2004 Member of the District Council for the District of Bad Kreuznach
2006 to 2011 Member of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group executive committee
2006 to 2010 Deputy State Chairwoman of the CDU Rhineland-Palatinate
2009 to 2011 Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
since 2010 State Chairwoman of the CDU Rhineland-Palatinate
since 2010 Member of the Executive Committee of the CDU Germany
2011 to 2018 Chairwoman of the CDU parliamentary group in the state parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate and member of the state parliament
since 2012 Deputy Chairwoman of the CDU of Germany
since 2018 Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture