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FP6

European Technology Platform on Food for Life, The vision for 2020 and beyond

Funded under: FP6-FOOD

Abstract

The European agro-food industry is the largest manufacturing sector in Europe. The food and drink industry had a turnover of 810 billion euro in 2004, transforming over 70% of the EU's agricultural raw materials and employing over 4 million people, the majority within the SMEs sector. The European agro-food industry is a leading global exporter and it affords significant added value and offers scope for growth within new EU Member States, development of regional economies and exploitation of cultural diversity and tradition. The European agro-food industry is thus central to the wider, economic development of Europe.
There is an increasing societal awareness of the opportunities to improve the quality of life through healthy eating and of the contribution that sustainable production can make to improvement of the overall environment. The preferences of consumers for quality, convenience, diversity and health, and their justifiable expectations of safety, ethics and sustainable food production serve to highlight the opportunities for innovation. In some sectors, such as food safety, process engineering and sustainability, Europe is already a world leader and innovation and investment is high.

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Record Number: 7048 / Last updated on: 2005-10-05
Category: MISC