Pertti Hakanenspecial assistant to the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Antti Kurvinen (Center), told Finnish public radio that the goal is to finish the program by the end of the election period.
The five government parties agreed to draw up a climate food program in coalition negotiations four years ago, but the preparatory work has already been postponed at least twice.
The government program sets the goals of the food program as minimizing the climate footprint of food consumption and improving the understanding of food production. It also outlines that priority must be given to plant-based foods and locally and organically produced animal products such as meat, eggs and dairy products in public procurement.
“We will halve the amount of food loss and waste by 2030 and create a road map to reduce loss and wastage at every stage of the food chain,” government parties promised.
YLE wrote on Saturday, referring to government sources, that the proposal currently under consideration does not satisfy all coalition members, as the program sets a very clear goal of reducing meat consumption instead of reducing it by a third by 2030, as stated in the announcement. an earlier draft proposal in May 2022 according to the media.
This proposal has been prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
According to the public broadcasting company, the process has been slowed down precisely by disagreements about the reduction target. Although the government has not discussed the issue again since the turn of the year, according to sources, the intention is to complete the program by the end of the election period.
Parliamentary elections will be held on April 2.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: The Nordic Page