EUROPEAN PRODUCTION MODEL
The socio-economic and regulatory framework created by the Common Agricultural Policy has enabled fruit and vegetable (F&V) producers to improve the sustainability and efficiency of their farming systems. As a result, an agricultural production model has developed in Europe characterised by the high product quality, guaranteed hygiene, and safety of fruit and vegetables. At the same time, European fruit and vegetable production is respectful of the environment and is committed to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals proposed by the United Nations for 2030.
Ensuring high-quality standards, food safety, and sustainability are major challenges for European farmers who, however, do not always receive a fair income. In general, in most European countries, the value-added per family worker in agriculture is much lower than the value-added per employee in the economy as a whole. While CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) transfer payments help to make up part of the difference, only in a small handful of countries do average earnings from agriculture approach or exceed average earnings of employees in other sectors of the economy.
Low wages combined with low profitability of fruit and vegetable farms and the exodus of young people to urban areas is preventing the right conditions for the new generation from taking over.
For these reasons, FruitVegetablesEUROPE (EUCOFEL) is committed to defending fair conditions for European fruit and vegetable growers so that the long-term sustainability of the sector can be ensured.
FruitVegetablesEUROPE’s priority is to continue guaranteeing the consolidation of the European production model, as opposed to other production models that do not respect social, economic, and environmental sustainability criteria.
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