Europe faces serious problems related to food production and consumption. Producing food depends on a healthy environment and predictable climatic conditions. At the same time, modern agriculture is a major contributor to the climate and biodiversity crises.
The challenges of food security, food waste, access to healthy diets and the environmental footprint of food production are closely interrelated. To address them, the European Union has put forward "Farm to fork", a strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally friendly food system.
On 1 February 2023, participants entered the dialogue with the webinar hosts Ewa Iwaszuk and Aaron Best from Ecologic Institute and their two expert guests. One was Lukas Visek, a member of the cabinet of Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice President of the European Commission for the European Green Deal, and responsible for the "Farm to fork" strategy. Our other expert was Faustine Bas-Defossez, Director for Nature, Health and Environment at the European Environmental Bureau, who brought an NGO perspective.
Ecologic Institute is running a webinar series for young people in Europe. In this second webinar, we discussed the food systems approach adopted by the "Farm to fork" strategy and investigated how the strategy will impact producers, consumers and global food markets. We discussed strategies to address food waste and explored why meat is a politically sensitive topic.
We have already produced a podcast episode on the topic that you can listen at any time.
The related podcast series "Green Deal – Big Deal?" is available online and on all relevant streaming platforms.