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Policy briefing: CAP - 11 ways to deliver for better health

The European Public Health Alliance has published a policy briefing outlining 11 ways in which the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) could promote public health.

The 11 policy proposals are:

  1. Minimise antibiotics use
  2. Contribute to clean air
  3. Support healthy diets
  4. Phase out health-incompatible subsidies                       
  5. Address socio-economic inequalities                       
  6. Promote safe and decent work                           
  7. Contribute to climate change mitigation                       
  8. Advance the planet's health                           
  9. Limit pesticides use                   
  10. Ensure sufficient, safe and nutritious food               
  11. Create a policy framework for impact and inclusion

Read the full report, “CAP: 11 Ways to Deliver for Better Health”, here. See also the Foodsource resource How are food systems and health connected and influenced?

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Europe is the world's second-smallest continent by surface area, covering just over 10 million square kilometres or 6.8% of the global land area, but it is the third-most populous continent after Asia and Africa, with a population of around 740 million people or about 11% of the world's population. Its climate is heavily affected by warm Atlantic currents that temper winters and summers on much of the continent. In the European Union, farmers represent only 4.7% of the working population, yet manage nearly half of its land area.

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