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EU drafts green rules that challenge food industry

The food industry has warned it has had insufficient time to prepare for new rules issued by the European Union on carbon emissions, claiming proposals from lawmakers lack detail and will fail to halt deforestation. The EU is set to enforce rules by the end of next year that will require companies to verify that their products are not associated with recently deforested land, the Financial Times reported. The bloc’s groundbreaking decision to ban imports of deforestation-linked products will impact commodities such as palm oil, coffee, cocoa, beef, soy and rubber, and will make it the first region to implement such a restriction. Lawmakers in Brussels have not yet finalized a list of β€œhigh-risk” countries for extra checks on exported commodities. This selection process, crucial for shaping future supply chains, has faced diplomatic challenges due to objections from agricultural nations in the Global South. Nathalie Lecocq, director-general of the EU’s vegetable oil trade group Fediol, told the FT the directives had come too late. β€œIt is not sufficient (for the EU) to come up with guidelines in December 2024,” she said. β€œIn certain instances, you need to invest … you cannot wait until the last minute.” Food companies operating in the EU will be required to accurately locate the land plots where their commodities were produced and provide the coordinates to EU authorities for checks, the extent of which will depend on the deforestation risk rating of the producing country, raising uncertainty among companies about how strict the EU will be in enforcing the rules. https://www.capitalfm.co.ke/business/2023/11/eus-green-rules-challenge-food-industry/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=eus-green-rules-challenge-food-industry

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  • winnie nguru

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    Can't wait to see how this transpires

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    • Peter Karanga

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      The EU's draft of green rules that challenge the food industry marks a transformative step towards promoting sustainability and addressing environmental concerns. By introducing stricter regulations, the EU is directly addressing the environmental impact of the food industry, which is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, and biodiversity loss. These rules can drive positive changes, encouraging innovation in production methods, promoting the use of sustainable ingredients, and improving resource efficiency. While the food industry may face challenges in implementing these rules, they present an opportunity for the sector to transition towards more sustainable and eco-friendly practices, ultimately minimizing its environmental footprint and ensuring a healthier future for our planet and its inhabitants.

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      • George Kariuki

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        The EU needs to provide more clarity on the implementation of the rules and work closely with the food industry to ensure that they are feasible and effective.

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        • We Don't Have Time

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          • Rotich Kim

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            Eu is doing extermly well but we need to see the actual program being put in place..

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            • Elizabeth Gathigia

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              Waiting for implementation to happen, let's see action

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              • Jane Wangui

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                @elizbeth_gathigia We look foward to the implementation.

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              • Kevin

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                Looking forward to the implementation

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                • Sarah Chabane

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                  Will be interesting to see if it's actually implemented

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                  • walter lungayi

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                    While the food industry may initially face challenges in adapting to these rules, it is crucial for the sector to embrace more sustainable practices in order to ensure the long-term health of our planet and future generations.

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