Our food systems, the complex global networks of food production, processing, trade, consumption and disposal, have enabled more people than ever before to have access to a wide variety of food products, often at very reasonable prices.
At the same time, we are facing a multitude of global problems: From the increasing loss of agricultural biodiversity to the spread of diet-related diseases, from malnutrition and hunger to the impact of the food system on climate change - to name just a few issues.
In short: The sustainability of our food systems is endangered. A change towards a sustainable food supply is therefore urgently needed. 1, 2, 3, 4.
According to numerous demands from scientists5, 6, agriculture and the food industry 7, politics9 and civil society, the basic objectives for food system change are
- fair and social production and trade processes
- healthy diets
- environment- and animal-friendly production methods
- regional and seasonal trading cycles and
- increasing plant-based diets
Certainly, there are sometimes conflicts of interest between these goals. But above all, they have great commonalities and synergy potentials.