Rarely before has the European Union been challenged by the war in Ukraine and the associated economic consequences. Because of the Russian war of aggression, supplies are faltering. “With the war we are facing enormous challenges in terms of food supply. Securing the food supply must now be a priority at all levels,” demands the ÖVP MEP Alexander Bernhuber. This year alone, around 275 million people are likely to be at least at high risk of food insecurity. “We must maximize food production in Europe and contribute to global food security. We need an EU supply guarantee.”
Ukraine is the world’s largest exporter of sunflower meal with a market share of 61% or the world’s largest exporter of rye with a market share of 40%. When it comes to rapeseed and barley, too, the world community finds it difficult to do without Ukraine.
“We now have to use our reserves in Europe and thus ensure stability on the markets again. This also means real support for the farmers who produce food. Adjusting Austrian production costs to those of other European countries is an important prerequisite for this,” concludes Bernhuber.