To: European Ministers, EU
Commission and European Parliament members.
Between February and May 2021 the EU parliament will
discuss, amend and vote the EU Green deal for food: the Farm to Fork Strategy
Our most important message is:
our food needs a true price, a more honest price, to make healthy and
sustainable food the easy, cheapest choice.
And meat should become more expensive, to include environmental costs. We need your support to amend this Farm to Fork Strategy.
Why is this important?
Avoiding or reducing meat consumption is ‘the single biggest way’ to reduce our
impact on the planet (climate change, deforestation, air and water pollution).
It will massively bring down public health care spending and can help guarantee
a better future for farmers and farm animals, if tax revenues are used partly
to pay farmers improve sustainability and animal welfare standards.
EU member states will also discuss food and agriculture taxes and
for the Green Deal for food: the EU Farm to Fork Strategy
This EU Strategy is a first step to tackle the environmental and health crisis
in our food system. The EU Strategy includes to move to a "
diet with less red and processed meat
and with more fruits and vegetables.
This will reduce risks of life-threatening diseases and the environmental
impact of the food system". Therefore,
supermarkets need to stop low pricing
. The EU Commission wants "
EU tax systems
to reflect that
price of food includes the real costs
in terms of
greenhouse gas emissions"
. This means: meat and dairy should be taxed more,
like we tax CO2 from fossil energy. The Strategy also proposes to "reduce the
VAT rate to zero percent for (organic) fruit and vegetables". Great! But EU
Ministers and lobby groups try to block the EU Food Strategy. A lot is at
5 elements to be amended in the Farm to Fork Strategy, to make the proposal
Let’s empower our politicians with
thousands of messages
targets to reduce the EU consumption of meat
, dairy and
eggs while reducing industrial animal production, e.g. 10-25% reduction in
fair prices for EU farmers
producing sustainably with
high animal welfare standards, and EU import taxes for meat with lower
CO2-standards, eg. Brazilian beef.
EU action to encourage and finally oblige member states to make sure
and dairy at retail level reflect the real cost of pollution and greenhouse
gas-emissions by 2025
. E.g. excise duty (CO2-tax) or animal welfare meat
tax like Germany proposed.
Half of the tax revenues should be redistributed to farmers for
and animal welfare
. Remaining revenues can be used for consumers: (fiscal)
subsidies on vegetables, fruits, plant-based meat and low-income group
Phasing out EU subsidies promoting meat;
reducing subsidies for meat
and inspire EU Minsters and the EU Parliamentarians
to be the courageous leaders we need!
SEND A MESSAGE TO EU MINISTERS AND SIGN THE PETITION! Thanks!
This petition is run by the TAPP coalition, a group of farmers, doctors,
youth, companies and charities.
EU Commission proposes higher meat price in Farm to Fork Strategy and zero percent VAT tariff for vegetables and fruits: https://tappcoalition.eu/nieuws/14050/eu and https://tappcoalition.eu/nieuws
Guardian: EU parliament discussion about a sustainability charge on meat: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/04/eu-meat-tax-climate-emergency
MEPs opinion about Farm to Fork Strategy not green enough – relation with meat https://www.brusselstimes.com/all-news/eu-affairs/115683/is-eus-farm-to-fork-strategy-green-enough/