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.
Group 1: Informing the consumer on the impact of food choices
Group 2: The potential of food services to deliver sustainable food
Group 3: Supplying and consuming sustainable food: breaking barriers in the system