Sustainable food system webinars

Co-hosted by high-profile partners, this series of short webinars explores different aspects of Europe’s food system following the publication of our evidence review report, A sustainable food system for the European Union and the associated scientific opinion of the European Commission’s Chief Scientific Advisors.

Webinar series

Throughout the second half of 2020

SAPEA’s comprehensive review of the evidence on Europe’s food system finds that it is not enough simply to increase productivity in a sustainable way. We also need to change from linear mass consumption to a more circular economy — which will mean changing our norms, habits and routines.

We are launching a series of webinars discussing how to shift to a more sustainable food system. While each of the webinars will focus on a different topic, all of them will take our recent report A sustainable food system for the EU and the associated scientific opinion as a starting-point for the discussions.

Titles and topics are provisional, and more will be added to this list as the details are confirmed for each webinar.

Covid-19 and our foodFarm2ForkGlobal food securityFood policy at a time of crisisInnovative foodsAgroecology & technology

2 July 2020 at 15:00 (CEST)

Covid-19 and our food:
How is the current crisis affecting how we eat?

The first of the series of webinars discussed changes of consumers’ attitudes towards food as a public good instead of as a commodity. It confronted the conclusions of the SAPEA report with the challenges and changes observed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This webinar was co-hosted by Hubbub, a UK-based sustainability organisation.

Lead speakers

Additional contribution


4 September 2020 at 14:00 (CEST)

The EU’s Farm2Fork strategy

Register by invitation only

The Farm2Fork Strategy aims to promote sustainable food systems by setting concrete targets and establishing an Action plan, annexed to the F2F Strategy. This creates the framework for a real debate on the future of food systems, leading to a legislative proposal for sustainable food systems by 2023.

This webinar will bring together 30 organisations participating in the work of the EU Food Policy Coalition with Dr Jeroen Candel, a member of the working group which wrote the SAPEA evidence review report. Together, they will discuss how closely the published Farm2Fork Strategy follows the scientific evidence, and which elements and approaches will be best to achieve food systems transformation.

This webinar will be co-hosted by the new EU Food Policy Coalition. Public participation is not available for this webinar.

Lead speakers

October 2020

Global food security

Registration open soon

Working independently of the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism, a high-level expert panel of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization has recently delivered evidence-based policy advice on how to transition to a more sustainable food system, and thus work towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Although the SAM focuses on the EU and the FAO covers the whole globe, the conclusions reached and the recommendations provided are unequivocal: a transformation of our food system is necessary, and there is a broad scientific consensus on how to achieve this.

Through a moderated discussion between key speakers from the FAO and the SAM, this webinar will explore the key recommendations made to achieve a more sustainable food system, and discuss the particular role of the EU in this global transition.

Lead speakers

  • Representatives of the Scientific Advice Mechanism
  • Representatives of the FAO’s High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition

October 2020

Food policy at a time of crisis:
what should the future look like?

Registration open soon

This webinar will be co-hosted by Academia Europaea. More details will follow shortly.

Late 2020

Innovative foods

Registration open soon

We know from reliable evidence that our societies need to transition to a more sustainable food system, so that we can provide enough healthy food for an increasing world population without harming the environment. One well-known recommendation is to promote a shift towards a more plant-based diet.

To accelerate this shift, many turn to innovative foods, such as lab-grown meat or plant-based meat. These seem to be very attractive solutions, as they offer the prospect of significantly reducing the negative effects of animal consumption on human health and the environment, while keeping meat-eaters happy. But how big a contribution can these innovations make to the broader transition to a more sustainable food system? What does the evidence tell us about consumer attitudes and perceptions of food technologies, and what are suggested ways forward?

This webinar will be co-hosted with the Good Food Institute.

Late 2020

Agroecology, technology and sustainable intensification

Registration open soon

This webinar will be co-hosted by a European academy. More details will follow shortly.


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