Food for thought session: “The EU FOOD 2030 pathways strategy and how data will make our food system more sustainable” – joint session between the EC, Sustainability Consortium, Foodity and DRG4Food
In the ever-evolving landscape of food sustainability and innovation, the recent webinar hosted by the DRG4FOOD and FOODITY projects provided a platform to delve into the Food2030’s impact pathways. Held on February 1st, the event featured esteemed guest speaker Wim HantJens, Project Officer and DG Health and Koen Boone of the Sustainability Consortium.
Addressing Systemic Challenges
A central theme of the webinar was the imperative to address food system challenges holistically. Wim emphasized the interconnectedness of various aspects, urging participants to look beyond singular issues like diet or food waste. Instead, he advocated for a systemic approach, recognizing that changes in one area can have ripple effects across the entire food ecosystem. This perspective underscores the importance of considering not just environmental sustainability but also social and health impacts when formulating strategies for food innovation.
Innovation as a Driving Force
One of the key takeaways from the discussion was the pivotal role of innovation in driving positive change within the food system. FOOD2030’s emphasis on innovation extends beyond technological advancements to encompass governance and social innovation as well. By fostering an environment conducive to innovation and entrepreneurship, stakeholders can catalyse transformative shifts in how food is produced, distributed, and consumed.
The recent release of the Food 2030 Pathways Report 2.0 (2023) provided additional insights into the key areas of focus for research and innovation activities.
The importance of collaboration, innovation, and systemic thinking in tackling the complex challenges facing the food industry. Armed with a clearer understanding of Food2030’s impact pathways and guided by the principles of sustainability and inclusivity, DRG4FOOD and FOODITY are poised to pave the way towards a more resilient and equitable food system for generations to come.