Healthy European Ecosystems
Building a regenerative agriculture sector is one of the biggest challenges that we must overcome in the green transition. This must be done hand-in-hand with farmers, offering incentives for introducing innovative, green practices into European agriculture. We envisage an agricultural policy that promotes better livelihoods for farmers, empowering small and medium operators, fostering intergenerational renewal and stimulating local economies. These actions will in turn fortify the development of resilient and sustainable consumer practices, creating a European population that is stronger, healthier and more environmentally-friendly.
Volt wants to be part of the solution in revitalising the natural world through the Nature Restoration Law, supporting new and old initiatives to protect our forests and transitioning to sustainable fishing. We will set targets and produce action-plans for better use of our land, seas, forest and wetland, to ensure a naturally rich and biodiverse future in Europe.
Promoting Organic and Regenerative Farming
The Common Agricultural Policy accounts for 31% of the EU’s budget, so it’s crucial we get it right for people and the planet alike. Volt wants to reform the CAP both socially and environmentally to empower the green transition of agriculture while supporting farmers. We will use CAP funds to make food in the EU greener, more innovative and better for farmers and consumers.
Improving Animal Welfare
We share Europe with more than 15 thousand species of animal; some wild, some farmed and some pets. Volt wants to improve conditions for species of all kinds by introducing stricter welfare standards for animal-based agriculture, prohibiting the mistreatment of domesticated and exotic animals, and outlawing the breeding of farmed and pet breeds with serious genetic health conditions.
Healthy and Sustainable Diets
Volt wants to promote healthy and sustainable diets that are accessible for everyone in Europe. We believe that eating less meat as a population is crucial for lowering emissions, so we aim to improve access to and increase research funding for plant-based proteins, and invest in R&D projects for lab-grown meat, seafood and dairy.
The 5+1 Challenges
Volt has defined 5+1 fundamental Challenges that need to be tackled in each European country and in Europe as a whole.
Why 5 + 1 Challenges?
The 5 Challenges are basically the same for every country, but their implementation can be adapted on the national level to take into account local realities.
The +1 Challenge – our proposal to reform and strengthen the EU – is identical across all our national programmes.
Education and digitalisation are key elements of the 21st century
An innovative economy must be the engine of society's progress
No-one should be left behind - no matter their gender, income, religion. or origin
Europe needs to assume responsibility for its role in global challenges
People must be empowered to influence politics beyond elections alone
We love the EU - this doesn't mean there is no room for improvement