Sustainable agriculture is vital to ensure a resilient food system that can withstand climate shocks and the polycrises we face today.
Our current agriculture and food production is anything but sustainable. Intensive food production leads to monoculture, soil and land degradation, contamination of the groundwater and the extinction of species. It causes unnecessary harm to animals, and is a threat to our health and the environment. To ensure food security in the long-term, we must make the shift towards sustainable and resilient agriculture.
Food security means a climate-resilient, adaptable agricultural system that feeds everyone and is fair to farmers and workers. How our food is produced has a major impact on our climate commitments. As Greens, we strongly believe that climate protection and food security should and can go hand in hand. We must help farmers to become less vulnerable to droughts, floods or extreme rainfall.
We put local farmers, food cooperatives and consumers first. We fight for an agricultural transformation that gives priority to sustainable and organic farming and ends the desolate situation of traditional farming and small farmers in industrial countries, as well as in the global south. We work to ensure decent working conditions for people in the agricultural sector, strong animal welfare standards, and consumers’ rights to sustainable and healthy food. We push to apply high quality standards to what we eat and drink because we want to make sure that consumers know exactly all ingredients and where their produce came from.
We support measures for the protection and sustainable use of vital natural resources. That’s why we fight to tackle the climate crisis, protect biodiversity, end the use of pesticides, and end practices that contribute to the erosion of soil health. At sea, we fight to end overfishing, reform quotas, and move towards sustainable fisheries.
The time is now to demand a healthier and sustainable way of food production and a considerate handling of the natural foundations of life. Caring about the wellbeing of mankind, animals and nature, and ensuring a decent life for present and future generations is at the core of responsible politics.