Health or environmental crises linked to climate change imply moving towards more resilient, responsible and economically profitable production, distribution and consumption models.
To adapt to this new environment, the European Agro-food industry will need to operate a transition of its model, making it more resilient in times of crisis such as the one we are experiencing, and more sustainable in order to mitigate the effects of climate change. These changes will require some structural shifts from the industry to adapt the way food is produced, processed and distributed. Innovation breakthroughs will also be an essential component to support the industry in this remodelling. Luckily, some of the solutions answering these problems are already being developed. Precision farming in its more efficient use of resources, biological control and bio stimulants to reduce the use of chemical inputs or the creation of new markets for carbon dioxide sequestration or for agricultural by-products represents wonderful solutions to counter climate change effects at the farm level. New distribution and consumption models are already emerging using digital platforms and networks bringing a better traceability to ensure food safety and health for consumers and increase farmers’ incomes.
Quest strongly believes that a thriving and supportive ecosystem which includes startups, cooperatives, agri-food companies, investors, R&D centres and universities will be necessary to make sure that European innovations are nurtured and given the opportunity to scale to maximize their impact on the resilience and durability of our food chain.