Food lies at the heart of our lives. It is vital for our survival, and links us to our natural and social environment in a unique way. But our food system is unsustainable. How can we ensure future food security without treating people unfairly or leaving them behind?
Understanding sustainability in the real world presents a great opportunity for learning. In April, SAPEA have released independent, authoritative research in the form of a report, exploring the most recent and respected evidence on Sustainable Food Systems for the European Union (EU). Instructed by the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors, the research was carried out by researchers at institutions around Europe. The report represents a significant and timely contributions to a vision of a sustainable food system in the EU to date.
Around the world, billions of people need a sustainable food system for this planet, which will also provide security for tomorrow’s population. Few challenges to the world are as huge as this undertaking, and countless opportunities for change and development will be found on the journey to achieving this goal.
Pursuing the holy grail of sustainable food security requires knowledge to be acquired and shared across everyone working within the food system. Using the best research to date, to guide and inform us, we can go forwards knowing our journey started from solid foundations.
Knowing what will work in the future is hard to predict. If we don’t know what works, then it’s important to have ideas, processes and systems that allow iteration, review and support to ensure forwards movement, without fear of failing at any point.
SAPEA is funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, part of the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism. SAPEA brings together a panel of experts from institutions across Europe to collect and review the available evidence on a given subject, to create an evidence review which is independent, balanced and authoritative. Upon completion, the evidence review goes to the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors, who make recommendations, which helps European Commissioners create policy.