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Towards a sustainable food system

Moving from food as a commodity towards food as more of a common good

About the topic

Although the availability of food is not a major concern in Europe, ensuring a sustainable, safe, affordable and nutritious supply of food is a challenge.

Advice on how to deliver an inclusive, fair and timely transition towards a sustainable food system in Europe, delivering health, environmental and socioeconomic benefits was published in March 2020, and will inform the Commission’s forthcoming Farm to Fork strategy for Sustainable Food.

Advice and related documents

In order to ensure the independence of experts consulted by the Advisors, their declarations of interests (DOI_Benton, DOI_Oosterveer, DOI_El_Bilali) were assessed by the European Commission. For declarations of interests of experts consulted by SAPEA, please refer to the SAPEA website. The declarations of interests are available for consultation until 6 months after the publication of the scientific opinion and evidence review report.



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Policy experts’ meeting

  • Thursday 12 December 2019, 09:00 (CET)
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Live streaming available
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Stakeholder meeting

  • Tuesday 18 February 2020, 09:00 (CET)
  • Brussels, Belgium
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