Members of the EUROCITIES working group on food, met in Gent to look at the opportunities cities have to create an ambitious climate policy thanks to food related projects and policy.
From best practice to support an urban oriented agriculture, which allow to shorten the overall food supply chain, to food recovery and savings from big retailers and restaurants, passing through citizens awareness for healthy and more sustainable diets and co-creation of food projects.
Academic experts from the EAT-Lancet Commission, IPES and Bond Beter Leefmilieu also joined the meeting to provide the evidence how our food production and consumption impacts the planet, well beyond its current boundaries.
Members of the working group also discussed a joint EUROCITIES policy statement to call for an ambitious food policy at the EU level, which would go beyond the current sectorial actions.
Next meeting of the working group will take place alongside the fifth annual gathering of the signatory cities of the Milan urban food policy pact, in Montpellier, France, 7-9 October 2019.