EAT and the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation join forces to promote sustainable food systems and diets

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The EAT initiative is proud to announce its collaboration with the  International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food System (IPES-food) initiated by the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation

With the world’s population fast approaching the nine billion mark, the production, supply chains and consumption of food needs to be rethought and reworked.

As declared by Prof. Olivier De Schutter, who is finalizing his mandate as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, “Producing more food will not do. Food systems must be reshaped with a view to ensuring social equity and the reduction of rural poverty, protecting our resource base and delivering better health outcomes.”

To this end, The Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation has initiated the IPES-food initiative that is a group of high-level scientists that aims to provide the policy makers, the private sector and the public at large with the evidence to guide a transition towards sustainable food systems and diets.

A global scientific advisory body
With the same overall objectives, the EAT initiative and the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation jointly announced a collaboration during the second day of the inaugural EAT Stockholm Food Forum on May 27th 2014. The two initiatives will join forces and closely coordinate further plans and research activities.

The IPES-food initiative will contribute with its analysis and synthesis of scientific evidence and messages as a contribution to the science agenda of the EAT initiative and will use the annual EAT Stockholm Food Forum as a major platform for outreach and communication.

“Initially, the IPES-Food has a specific task and remit, but the Foundation is aware that its work could evolve in different directions regarding its linkages with civil society, governments and private sector. The fact remains, however, that the world currently lacks a global scientific advisory body that looks at sustainable food systems in all their complexity. This is what the EAT Initiative and IPES-Food collaboration will bring. One possible and desirable direction would be to see a broadly supported Intergovernmental Initiative emerge that will address this crucial issue” specified Mrs Marie-Stéphane Maradeix, Secretary General of the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation.

“We are thrilled about the possibilities that this collaboration will bring to the EAT initiative. EAT aims to bring together the worlds of science, politics and business on these crucial questions, and a strong scientific base is a necessity to be able to make decisions and find possibilities that are sustainable as well as profitable” concludes Dr. Gunhild A. Stordalen, Director of the EAT initiative.