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 view to guiding future EU policies. This edition of the magazine is entirely dedicated to exploring how two distinct camps, agriculture on the one hand, and nutrition, on the other, can be better linked to provide both better food for improved health and more food for a growing population.
The so-called Food Systems approach moves away from looking at production and consumption of food as separate activities, and instead aims to better understand how all the various activities, actors and resources surrounding the production, distribution, and consumption of food are inter-connected. This important development is gaining ground in both policy and scientific circles and we believe that only such an integrated approach can tackle the challenges of a growing population and changing consumption patterns, but also in securing the future opportunities that will arise from a changing natural environment and socio-economic situation.
Indeed, our new project on sustainable food systems will look more closely on how we can link such a Food Systems approach to the achievement of the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and what that implies for current EU policies that are linked to food and health. We will keep you posted with the results!