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Time to translate knowledge into practice

Published May 26, 2014

"The vision behind The EAT Stockholm Food Forum is to gather the most influential and important experts from the fields of science, business and politics in order to address the interconnected challenges related to food, health and sustainability,” said MD, PhD Gunhild A. Stordalen, Director of The EAT Stockholm Food Forum during her opening speech

EAT Food Forum was conceived as a 2-hour breakfast seminar less than a year ago, but has since catapulted itself into a global gathering with around 500 participants from 30 countries.

«I strongly believe in evidence-based knowledge, and that science holds the key to a sustainable future. But evidence alone has probably never really changed the world. Knowledge must be translated into practice» Gunhild A. Stordalen

Professor Johan Rockström, the director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University, has been instrumental in developing the scientific backbone of the conference. In his opening address he stressed that the world must achieve a “Great Balancing Act” in order to feed a world committed to nine billion people by 2050.

Three needs must be met at the same time: Closing the food gap, supporting economic development and reducing environmental impact, he said, pointing out that meeting the demands for food, energy, and water for a growing population requires a shift in the global food production system.

“These future challenges require an approach that recognizes the social-ecological and socio-technical dimensions of food production. To deal with these challenges, scientists across disciplines must collaborate and new ideas on sustainable food production,” Rockström said.