Agriculture and rural development

Sustainable Food hearing/workshop: "Feeding the planet sustainably: from foresight to better integrated policies" (Brussels, 19-20/11/2012)

Sustainable Food hearing/workshop: "Feeding the planet sustainably: from foresight to better integrated policies" (Brussels, 19-20/11/2012)

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Sustainable Food hearing/workshop: "Feeding the planet sustainably: from foresight to better integrated policies" (Brussels, 19-20/11/2012)

This event was organised in the context of the impact assessment preparing the 'Sustainable Food' initiative announced by the Commission.

The hearing/workshop gathered 75 external participants representing the actors of the food system, researchers and NGOs with an interest in food related issues together with 25 European Commission officials from the relevant policy departments.

 

Discussions with the stakeholders have been introduced by the presentation of the key findings from four recent global food foresight exercises.

 

Stakeholders' initiatives to improve food sustainability were discussed in breakout sessions. They ranged from the elaboration of pre-competitive standards and methods to evaluate and communicate food sustainability, actions to reconnect the urban consumer with food production, to use the leverage of food services, multi-stakeholder platforms and partnerships along the food supply chain to identify ‘hot-spots’ and to improve sustainability, to integrated strategies encompassing the various dimensions of food.

 

The input gathered will help to complete the list of issues requiring analysis, to assess possible gaps in the present policy landscape, and to identify action themes for the initiative, specific objectives and implementing options to consider.

 

Programme and participants

Programme

List of participants

 

Keynote presentations from the introductory session

Scenarios and challenges for feeding the world in 2050

The future of food and farming

Systemic interdependencies between food, yields, and livestock

Sustainable food systems

 

Initiatives presented and reports from the breakout sessions

Group 1:  Informing the consumer on the impact of food choices

LiveWell

The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) - Integrating Sustainability in Decision Making in Supply Chains 

European Food Sustainable Consumption and Production Round Table

Involving citizens in agriculture: possibilities for changed food attitude and behaviour

Report on the Group 1 discussion

 

Group 2:  The potential of food services to deliver sustainable food  

The Eating City Platform: Experiences in public foodservices

Public Food in Copenhagen; Organic conversion on the road towards sustainable food supply

Better Hospital Food

Report on the Group 2 discussion

 

Group 3: Supplying and consuming sustainable food: breaking barriers in the system

Sustainable fresh food production - a retail chain approach example from the Netherlands 

Danube Soya

Supplying and consuming sustainable food. Märkisches Landbrot

Report on the Group 3 discussion

 

Concluding remarks