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Plant Health & Food Security

Plant health and food security are the producers’ number one priorities. Both are intrinsically linked because, to guarantee the supply of fruit and vegetables, farmers have to deal with a multitude of pests, weeds, and diseases. According to the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, pests, and diseases are estimated to be responsible for crop losses ranging from 25% to 50% or more worldwide. Weeds produce the most significant potential losses (34%), followed by pests (16%) and pathogens (14%).

The health of plants is gradually threatened by climate change. Increased travel and international trade have also contributed to the rapid spread of pests and diseases around the world, causing damage to the European fruit and vegetable production. For this reason, producers need tools to enable them to produce efficiently and ensure food security for European citizens.

Efficient fruit and vegetable production, which uses less land and fewer natural resources, must be encouraged by new regulations and the collaboration of all stakeholders. To this end, farmers’ access to all available technology should be guaranteed.

The sector continues to work to develop more efficient and safe solutions that assure safe application without environmental impact. Though, for this effort to have the expected results, it is necessary to have a reliable and stable legislative and regulatory environment based on scientific criteria that facilitates R&D.

We consider that innovation, technology, and phytosanitary products are vital to achieving a potential increase in sustainable agricultural production. Agricultural innovation and plant health can never be seen as a problem, but rather as a fundamental part of the solution to ensure that the food needs of the population are met with a much more efficient and sustainable consumption of resources.

FruitVegetablesEurope and its members are committed to ensuring the highest food safety for all the fruits and vegetables produced in Europe. We believe in science and innovation as the main drivers to help the sector meet the challenges it faces due to climate change. Science-based regulation on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures is vital to develop new and more efficient tools that ensure food security in Europe.

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