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Publication | 5 October 2020

Towards a Sustainable Food System

The present EU food system provides a high level of food security, food safety and wide consumer choice. Its environmental, economic and social sustainability are by contrast poor. Maintaining ‘business as usual’ will endanger natural resources, our health, the climate, and the economy. This scientific opinion provides advice on how to achieve a sustainable food system. The advice is informed by a scientific evidence review report and supporting systematic literature review by the SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) consortium. This scientific opinion recommends making environmental, social and economic sustainability the central objective of all policies relevant to food, in which ‘food’ is viewed more as a common good than a commodity. It calls on the European Commission to: be the engine that drives change in the EU and beyond, taking an active, step-wise and fully integrated approach; address power and information asymmetries in the food system and support a food environment that helps citizens to make sustainable choices; use a well-balanced policy mix in an iterative, responsive and adaptive manner, considering binding policy measures as the main drivers.

Towards a Sustainable Food System

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