Clarifying what is a sustainable, healthy diet and how to measure sustainability related to consumption is an important issue for EU researchers, according to a recent report published by the European Academies Science Advisory Council. The report presents insights on which areas EU food research should focus on to fill current knowledge gaps. Based on the results, moving towards a food and nutrition policy that takes account of the varying national interests and cultures and contributes to benefiting the rest of the world, should be of top priority to EU food researchers. This needs to be done to address various complex issues that Europe faces. Committing to the collection of more robust data on the extent of waste in food systems and the effectiveness of interventions to reduce waste at local and regional levels is essential for moving towards a better food system. Cross-disciplinary research encompassing social as well as the natural sciences is the need of the hour, indicates the report.
FIT4FOOD2030 is an EU project that supports the transformation of research and innovation on Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) in Europe. It seeks to make the food system more sustainable and resilient by finding solutions for the many food-related challenges Europe is facing including hunger, malnutrition, obesity, climate change, scarce resources, and waste. To achieve this, the project is creating a sustainable, multi-stakeholder platform – FOOD 2030 Platform – which mobilises a wide variety of stakeholders at the level of cities, regions, countries, and Europe.