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Sustainable food production policy in the netherlands

Sustainable food production policy in the Netherlands

Presentation for the Round Table for Sustainable Production and Consumption of Food.

Joost de Jong

20 November 2013


Motivation
Motivation

  • Government agreement 2012:

    - circular economy, green growth, stimulating a market for sustainable sourcing,

  • animal welfare,

  • cooperation in the food chain.

  • Agricultural sector is an important sector for the Dutch economy

  • Increasing public and political interest for food.

Ministry of Economic Affairs


Issues objectives of the dutch policy
Issues / Objectives of the Dutch policy

  • Increase Confidence in food

  • Stimulate sustainable food production

  • Reducing food waste

  • Earnings model and policy rules for competition and sustainability

  • Food security

Ministry of Economic Affairs


Confidence in food
Confidence in food

  • Safeguarding the integrity and safety of food

  • Identifying risks

  • The industry bears primary responsibility for product integrity and safety.

  • Ambition: create a chain that is completely transparent.

  • Private quality systems offer a reliable framework.

  • Task government: providing frameworks and standards in relation to food safety, stringent controls and enforcement

Ministry of Economic Affairs


Sustainable food production
Sustainable food production

  • Higher demands consumers on products (fairness, honesty, transparency and sustainability).

  • Companies are signing up to private sustainability initiatives

  • For sustainable food production a good cooperation in the food chain is necessary.

  • Industry and civil society organisations are primarily responsible for the drive towards sustainable food production.

Ministry of Economic Affairs


Sustainable food alliance
Sustainable Food Alliance

The Sustainable Food Alliance is a partnership of the different actors in the food chain:

  • Dutch Food retail Association (CBL)

  • The Dutch Food Industry Federation

  • The Dutch Federation of Agriculture and Horticulture (LTO)

  • Dutch Federation of Catering Organisations (Veneca)

  • The Royal Dutch Food Service Industry (KHN)

Ministry of Economic Affairs



Alliance and ministry food sustainbility agenda
Alliance and Ministry: Food Sustainbility agenda

  • Sustainability in the major Dutch raw materials and product chains in a broad sense;

  • Increasing the sustainability of the meat chain;

  • Reducing food waste and optimising residual waste streams;

  • Improving transparency and communication;

Ministry of Economic Affairs


Role government
Role government

  • Stimulating and facilitating business and sectors, stimulating and sharing ‘best practices’

  • Promoting sustainable innovations

  • Monitoring the progress on sustainability

  • Promoting sustainable consumption

  • Formulate policy rules for pursuing sustainability within the competition rules

Ministry of Economic Affairs


Reducing food waste
Reducing Food Waste

  • Netherlands will reduce food waste 20% in 2015 compared with 2009

  • Stimulating transparency: clarity on waste figures

  • Consumer awareness-raising and behavioural change: Dutch Food Nutrition Centre provides practical tools and objective information.

  • ‘best before date’: consumers are confused.

  • Supporting Business Innovation Reseach projects.

  • Stimulating cooperation between actors in the food chain and the food banks.

Ministry of Economic Affairs


Food waste 2
Food waste (2)

  • In 2014 The Netherlands will organise an international conference on food waste and post-harvest losses.

Ministry of Economic Affairs


Policy rules for competition and sustainablity
Policy rules for competition and sustainablity

  • A code of conduct for fair trading practices is developed to improve the relationships within the chain (with pilots).

  • Are the competition rules problematic for sustainability initiatives?

  • Sector organisations are invited to submit sustainability initiatives to the ACM (Authority for Consumers and Markets)

  • A sustainability Knowledge Bank on ACM website

  • More clarity for organisations on what kind of cooperations on sustainability is permitted within the cooperation framework.

    Draft policy rules are developed.

Ministry of Economic Affairs


Food security
Food security

Global sustainable economic development in the agro sector is necessary for a living income and productive employment.

By:

  • Productivity improvement;

  • Sustainable and effective chains;

  • Improved market access;

  • A better business climate.

    Dutch government will support internationalisation initiatives with the Golden Trinagle of business, knowledge institutes and governments.

Ministry of Economic Affairs


Thanks
Thanks

  • Thanks for your attention.

    Joost de Jong

    Ministry of Economic Affairs

    The Netherlands

    0031 70 378 5930

    [email protected]

Ministry of Economic Affairs


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