European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions
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The bioeconomy and a future biobased food industry and agriculture sector –What role for workers?


It is often said that the bioeconomy can tackle food and energy grand challenges.

With its newly published bioeconomy action plan the European Commission has the ambition to develop a more innovative and low-emissions economy, reconciling demands for sustainable agriculture and fisheries, food security, and the sustainable use of renewable biological resources for industrial purposes, while ensuring biodiversity and environmental protection.

Against this backdrop, EFFAT is working on a project co-financed by the European Commission: “The bioeconomy and a future bio-based food industry and agriculture sector: how can workers’ organisations shape the change?” to reflect on the challenges and the opportunities of bioeconomy for our sectors.

On 9-10 October a first workshop held in Copenhagen looked at these questions and investigated the issues of food security, use of resources and climate, environment and human health. In what way the bioeconomy and new value chains will impact on the creation of jobs and working conditions? Which actions are needed for developing a socially inclusive and sustainable bioeconomy? What can trade unions do? 

The second workshop will take place in Italy next year (early March) and will focus more on the themes of education, training and skills.

Have a look at our brochure below and our video here!

EFFAT is the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions. As a European Trade Union Federation representing 120 national trade unions from 35 European countries, EFFAT defends the interests of more than 22 million workers towards the European Institutions, European employers’ associations and transnational companies. EFFAT is a member of the ETUC and the European regional organisation of the IUF.