Food chain issues
We are what we eat, and our food needs form the face of our planet. Agricultural land used for crops and grazing of livestock constitutes close to 40% of the Earth's land area. Growing food demands of a larger and more prosperous world population puts additional strains on our natural resources and requires dramatic efforts to ensure safe food and to protect consumers. Much has been done since past large food scares by implementing farm-to-table measures and monitoring the food chain in the EU and other parts of the world. However, increasing trade, new lifestyles and demands, the use of advanced food production technologies, and factors such as climate change, degradation of agricultural lands, and emergence of new disease vectors will continue to pose significant challenges for a safe and sustainable food supply.
Civic Consulting is leading the Food Chain Evaluation Consortium, which, since 2005, has provided evaluation and impact assessment services to the European Commission, covering issues such as food and feed labelling, the authorisation of plant protection products, economic analyses concerning medicated feed and the slaughter chain, and large-scale evaluations of the EU animal health policy and the EU plant health policy, as well as other areas.
Civic Consulting has specific experience in conducting applied economic research across various stages of the food chain, and the evaluation of food related policies at EU and global level, including trade and sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) issues. We also have worked on systems to manage the public costs of food chain risks, such as those arising from the recall of contaminated feed and food.
Civic Consulting expertise includes the following areas:
- Food and feed safety
- Food and feed labelling
- Food and feed legislation
- Food policy
- Public enforcement of food safety standards
- Food chain economics
- Trade and SPS issues
- Environmental and social aspects of food production