[24 September/Food Navigator]

According to the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, the choice between fast and slow food was a question of ethics and sustainability. She said food production needed to become more sustainable and beneficial to small businesses and communities in Europe. She added food waste was a 21st century scandal and emphasised the importance of enabling behavioural change at the consumer level. The European Union has committed to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which include reducing food waste. The Commissioner also expressed concern over the growth of antibiotic resistance, calling on the unnecessary and inappropriate usage of antibiotics in farming to stop. The event, in Italy, partnered with European Days of Action to form a movement that called for changes to the proposed Common Agricultural Policy. The aim of the legislation would be to modernise and simplify it.