Hybrid event featuring a panel discussion with leading experts in biodiversity and agro ecosystems followed by a Q&A session with participants.
- biodiversity | sustainable agriculture | environmental policy | food security
- Galway, Ireland
- Galway City LibraryHynes Buildings, St Augustine Street, Galway, Ireland
Three years on from the publication of the Farm to Fork strategy, the European Commission Representation in Ireland is hosting a panel discussion with leading experts in biodiversity and agro- ecosystems. This discussion will focus on the challenges and opportunities posed by the development of sustainable food systems to make them environmental-friendly, healthy and fair.
- Senator Pauline O'Reilly, Chair of the Green Party Ireland
- Dr. James Moran, Senior Lecturer in Ecology and Biology at Atlantic Technological University
- Henry Walsh, Galway IFA Environment Representative.
The event will be moderated by Tim Hayes, Head of Communications, European Commission Representation in Ireland.
It can be attended either online or in person.
The event is designed to present the Farm to Fork strategy, assess Ireland’s state of play on this topic and what can be done to deliver on reversing biodiversity trend and improving ecosystems. Its purpose is to engage with citizens on the ambitions and challenges presented by the European Green Deal, and how these may be addressed at national and EU level.
The European Green Deal encompasses a Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy that aims to transform the way food is produced and consumed in Europe. This means to reduce the environmental footprint of food systems, strengthen resilience against crises and keep on ensuring healthy and affordable food also for future generations.
The agri-food sector has a considerable impact on the environment. F2F strategy will contribute to achieve Europe’s climate neutrality by 2050 by refocusing the food systems to all aspects of sustainability. The transition to a more environmentally friendly food system will aid to protect Europe's nature and biodiversity by having a neutral or positive environmental impact, helping to mitigate climate change and adapt to its impacts, reversing the loss of biodiversity.