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Framings of food and implications for policy, food security and sustainability in Europe

Virtual mini-symposium at the International Conference on Global Food Security

The European Commission’s (EC) Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) recently published an Evidence Review Report by SAPEA and a Scientific Opinion by the EC’s Chief Scientific Advisors with policy recommendations that informed the new EC’s Farm to Fork Strategy of the European Green Deal.

This mini-symposium proposes to focus on the question of framings of food, a fundamental starting point that lays the ground for the whole food system.

The first and overarching policy recommendation of the scientific opinion is to “View food more as a common good and not just as a consumer good”. This recommendation is informed by SAPEA’s Evidence Review Report, which reviews the best up-to-date evidence on several theoretical perspectives and framings of food that have profound implications for the development of policy initiatives.


  • Carina Keskitalo, (Group of Chief Scientific Advisors to the European Commission)
  • Marta Guadalupe Rivera-Ferre, Chair Agroecology and Food Systems, University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia (Spain)
  • Koen Deconinck, Agricultural Policy Analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)


  • Christophe Béné, Senior Policy Expert at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), part of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)
  • Friday 4 December 2020, 16:30 - 18:00 (CET)
  • Online only
  • Live streaming available
  • External event

Practical information

Friday 4 December 2020, 16:30 - 18:00 (CET)
Online only