EU Food and Farming Forum (EU3F)
29th – 30th May 2018
Dr. Rachel Reckinger attended the EU Food and Farming Forum (EU3F) alongside over 250 people, to discuss the need for an EU Common Food Policy ‘a policy comprehensive enough to bring together the different sectoral policies that affect food production, processing, distribution, and consumption, refocusing all actions on the transition to sustainability’ (iPES FOOD).
‘This was participatory democracy in action. Over the course of two days, participants deliberated a total of 117 proposals for change. These proposals were inspired by five policy labs IPES-Food convened in Brussels, four local labs held in Freiburg, Milan, Montpellier and Turin, and collaborative work with over 30 research and civil society organisations convened over three years.
Participants from a wide range of perspectives reviewed these proposals in successive rounds of discussions. Some proposals were set aside because they were unable to garner sufficient support. Others were reformulated or broadly endorsed, and many new suggestions arose. Around 50 ‘priority’ proposals emerged from the deliberation, providing the basis of a Common Food Policy blueprint – a series of time-bound and interrelated actions that should be taken to move towards sustainable food systems in Europe. The broader consensus emerging from EU3F, the diverse ideas and principles to guide food systems reform, have been captured in IPES-Food’s final report (February 2019): ‘Towards A Common Food Policy for the EU’’. (iPES food)
For more information visit the iPES website
Following the event, IPES published their report Towards a Common Food Policy