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.

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.

1. Covid-192. Farm2Fork3. Agroecology & 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


Food delivery in Covid-19 (Shutterstock/Anna Tryhub)

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


Date to be confirmed

Agroecology, technology and sustainable intensification

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

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