The recent meeting of European Union agriculture ministers in Cordoba, under the Spanish EU Presidency, marked an important milestone in the search for solutions to food challenges, climate change and the profitability of the agricultural sector. The meeting, chaired by Spain’s current Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Luis Planas, and attended by the European Commissioner for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski, focused on the use of new technologies as the key to addressing these pressing issues.
One of the key themes of the meeting was food security, a global priority in an ever-changing world. With the world’s population expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, according to United Nations projections, the production of safe and nutritious food is becoming a critical challenge. As the world’s largest food producer, the EU has a special responsibility in the fight against hunger, especially in times of supply chain disruptions such as the recent crisis in Ukraine.
Climate change was another central topic of the discussion. As temperatures rise and extreme weather events such as droughts become more frequent, European leaders pledged to find technology-based solutions. These include the efficient use of water resources and innovative techniques to cope with changing climatic conditions and low rainfall.
A prominent theme of the meeting was the potential of New Genomic Techniques (NGT) to develop resistant and more adaptable crop varieties quickly and accurately. These techniques, supported by a responsible approach, promise to address both the sustainability of food production and the reduction of chemical use in agriculture.
Ministers also stressed the importance of transparency and consumer information in the search for more sustainable technological solutions.
In conclusion, the EU Agriculture Ministers’ meeting in Cordoba was an important milestone towards a more sustainable and resilient agriculture. The combination of innovative technologies, attention to food security and commitment to farm profitability marks a significant step towards a better future for European and global agriculture.
The EU is committed to working intensively on the NTG proposals before the end of the Spanish Presidency, with the aim of driving a digital and innovative transformation in the agricultural sector and ensuring a sustainable future for both farmers and the environment.
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