29 Nov 2016

The future of food security – New report focused on food safety and nutrition

The report of the foresight study "Delivering on EU food safety and nutrition 2050 – future challenges and policy preparedness", carried out by DG JRC, including the EU Policy Lab, and the Directorate General for Health and Food Safety, is now available. The study adds another perspective to already existing foresight studies which focus rather on the sufficiency aspects of food for a growing world population. However, as today's experience already shows, neither food safety

27 Oct 2016

Sustainable Food Systems: First workshop and project progress

After a summer reflecting on the current state of the world's food system, a major literature review and the development of a conceptual framework for analysing the future of the food system, the Policy Lab held it's first in a series of workshops under the auspices of the Sustainable Food Systems project. We invited some of the in-house researchers and scientists in the European Commission's Joint Research Centre that are currently working on various aspects

19 Oct 2016

EU Policy Lab at FOOD2030 Conference: our workshop on Food Visions

The EU Policy Lab made an appearance at the precursor to the FOOD 2030 conference that was held in Brussels from 12-13 October 2016. FOOD 2030 is an initiative launched by the DG Research and Innovation (DG RTD) to establish a single framework for research and innovation in addressing the future of Food and Nutrition Systems. Given the Policy Lab's previous work on food-related topics, as well as our current project on Food Systems, we

23 Sep 2016

Coming on 12th October: DIY workshop “Hack Your Food” within FOOD 2030 high level event

The European Commission is currently working on a coherent research and innovation policy framework for food and nutrition security. In this context, the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation (DG RTD) is organising the FOOD 2030 high level event, which will take place on the 12th and 13th October in Brussels. The event will explore what is needed to transform and future-proof our food systems to be sustainable, resilient, competitive, diverse, responsible and performant in their

Food vision icons6 Sep 2016

Key findings from our Global Food Security 2030 foresight study

If we want to be able to feed a world of 8 billion people nutritionally and sustainably in less than 15 years' time, it is crucial that we move beyond present-day policies on food and nutrition security and towards a Common Food Systems Policy. This is precisely what we argue in a recent article in Sight and Life magazine summarising the key findings from the JRC report, Global Food Security 2030: Assessing trends with a