US/EU Food and Ag Trade

Practical Approaches to Circularity in US-EU Food and Agricultural Trade

Individual firms, industries, and national regulatory bodies take different approaches towards the same goals of sustainability and circularity for the production and trade in food and agricultural products. Emerging sustainability regulations require understanding and adaptation by agribusiness, in order to maintain agricultural trade flows.

This initiative will support the design, plan, and implementation of workshops and seminars to stakeholders, regulators, and policymakers on scientific and technical options to address challenges arising from the implementation of new regulatory mandates on sustainability and circular economy themes.


Workshops, Seminars, and Other Related Outputs

In October 2022, Farm Foundation Vice President of Programs and Projects, Martha King, attended the SIAL meeting in Paris and met with key commodity groups and their representatives.

In October 2022, Farm Foundation launched the Hôtel de Talleyrand Agricultural Trade Policy Dialogues where King moderated an event, “Seeking Common Cause on Dairy,” with U.S. Dairy Export Council President and CEO Krysta Harden and CNIEL Marketing and Intl Director Laurent Damiens.




In May 2023, Farm Foundation was part of a U.S. delegation to Brussels, Belgium, for a series of meetings and tours aiming to create insight around packaging and packaging waste in food and agriculture. As part of the proceedings, Farm Foundation participated in a productive dialogue with members of European Parliament about the potential impact of the EU’s proposed Packaging & Packaging Waste Regulation, which if enacted has implications for farmers and producers in the United States. 

U.S. Delegation to European Parliament

The delegation’s agenda included:

  • A public lunch dialogue, “The Future of Packaging: Innovations and Challenges in Advancing Sustainability,” hosted by Farm Foundation and Packaging Europe in Brussels, Belgium. The opportunities and challenges posted by the European Commission’s proposed Packing and Packing Waste Regulation (PPWR) was the focus of the conversation.
  • Attendance at the “US-EU Dialogue on Sustainable Packaging” event hosted by the European Food Forum and the United States Mission at the European Parliament. Farm Foundation hosted a reception following the event. 
  • Tours of Greenyard Group’s fresh cut salad packaging facility to look at changes happening in consumer and transport packaging for produce and a tour of The Coca-Cola Company R&D near Brussels to learn about the multiple efforts happening to reduce single-use plastic waste. 

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