The SAMs Report ‘Towards a Sustainable Food System’ Bites the Hand That Feeds Us!

European Law Blog, 2020

9 Pages Posted: 7 Jul 2020

See all articles by Kai P. Purnhagen

Kai P. Purnhagen

University of Bayreuth; Erasmus University of Rotterdam - Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics

Justus Wesseler

Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy Group, Wageningen University

Date Written: June 7, 2020

Abstract

The Commission’s recently launched its new “farm to fork” strategy. An important input to the formulation of such kind of strategies are the reports of the scientific advisors. One of such preparatory reports for the “farm to fork” strategy is the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors’ report “Towards a sustainable food system”. We carefully evaluate its underlying assumptions, potential impact on the food system and its possibility for implementation. Unfortunately, we argue, the report falls short on each of these aspects. We will first summarize what we consider to be the content and main take-away from the report. We will then assess the report’s proposals. Finally, we will argue for a more nuanced approach to the existing governance of food systems, as the proposals from the SAM’s report metaphorically and literally risk to bite the hand that feed us.

Keywords: Farm to Fork, Sustainable Food Systems, Free Movement of Goods, Food Economics, Food Law

Suggested Citation

Purnhagen, Kai Peter and Wesseler, Justus, The SAMs Report ‘Towards a Sustainable Food System’ Bites the Hand That Feeds Us! (June 7, 2020). European Law Blog, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3621330

Kai Peter Purnhagen (Contact Author)

University of Bayreuth ( email )

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Bayreuth, D-95447
Germany

Erasmus University of Rotterdam - Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics ( email )

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Rotterdam, 3000 DR
Netherlands

Justus Wesseler

Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy Group, Wageningen University ( email )

Hollandseweg 1
Wageningen, 6706 KN
Netherlands

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