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 have held a series of webinars discussing how to shift to a more sustainable food system. Each of the webinars focused on a different topic and a different audience, but all of them took our report A sustainable food system for the EU and the associated scientific opinion as a starting-point for the discussions.

2 July 2020: Covid-19 and our food
The first in our series of webinars on the sustainable food system discussed changes in 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.

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4 September 2020: The EU's Farm2Fork strategy
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.

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16 October 2020: Food policy at a time of crisis
The global crisis of 2020 has made every one of us aware that ‘business as usual’ is not an option for future food policy. How have we arrived at where we are now, in terms of the food we eat, where we source it and the impact it has on our planet? What should a transformed future look like? What actions can we all take, collectively and individually, to bring about a sustainable and fair food system that is better for our health, the environment, society and the economy?

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22 October 2020: The EU’s role in the global transition
Through a moderated discussion between key speakers from the UN and the EU, this webinar explored the key recommendations made to achieve a more sustainable food system, and discuss the particular role of the EU in this global transition.

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20 January 2021: The special role of chefs
In conjunction with the Chefs' Manifesto, part of the SDG2 Advocacy Hub, we are hosting a special briefing on how chefs in the EU and globally can contribute to a sustainable food system. This will be an open discussion between chefs and experts, rather than a public webinar. If you would like to join the discussion, email

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11 February 2021: Alternative proteins, consumers and sustainability
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 diets with fewer animal products and more alternative proteins.

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