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EAT Stockholm Food Forum 2018

JUNE 11-12, 2018: Will you be one of over 500 of the brightest minds from science, politics, business and civil society taking part in the EAT Stockholm Food Forum?

There is no silver bullet solution, nor a single path to tackling the complex health and environmental challenges presented by our global food systems. Difficult trade-offs will need to be made and inconvenient truths faced.

At the 2018 EAT Stockholm Food Forum we will explore a range of solutions available for achieving healthy and sustainable diets for a growing global population. We will confront some of the hard questions head on, such as how to feed the world with zero land expansion and ocean depletion, or the benefits of processed foods and clean meat.

In short, we will be stepping out of the comfort zone.

Informed by research analysed in the upcoming EAT-Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems, the fifth anniversary of the Forum will encourage dialogue, engage with the audience through panel discussions, interactive plenaries, interviews and workshops.

This year, the Forum will be held on June 11-12, 2018 at Annexet and Quality Hotel Globe in Stockholm.

See the Program here – and read more about the main topics here. Confirmed speakers are regularly updated.

The EAT Stockholm Food Forum is an invitation-only event for leaders and experts in science, politics, business and civil society from across the world. Even though the Forum is invitation-only, EAT strives to have diversity among its delegates.

If you have not received an invitation yet, but think you should, you can request an invitation here.

The Forum will be live streamed at eatforum.org and on EAT’s Facebook page.

The hashtag is #EATForum18

Over the past four years, we have convened a diverse range of dynamic speakers in Stockholm to share solutions and motivate commitment, including Bill Clinton (Former President, United States), Jamie Oliver (Celebrity Chef and Food Revolutionary), H.E. Mrs. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim (President, the Republic of Mauritius), Paul Polman (CEO, Unilever), Professor Dariush Mozaffarian (Dean, Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy), Yolanda Kakabadse (President, WWF International), Sir Bob Geldof (Musician, Activist, Founder Band Aid & Live Aid), Sir Robert Watson (Chair, Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services), Dr. Uma Valeti (CEO, Memphis Meats) and Dr. Kanayo Nwanze (Former President of International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD).


«Food might seem like our greatest global threat, but it’s actually our single biggest opportunity» Dr. Alessandro Demaio, CEO, EAT

The Program

June 11-12, 2018 at Annexet and Quality Hotel Globe - Speakers and Schedule will be updated




This year, the EAT Forum places solutions for food system transformation center-stage. We will showcase innovations, demonstrate economic and political benefits, and define strategies for managing this phenomenal shift. We won’t shy away from broaching the uncomfortable conversations needed to bring solutions to light. Feeding a healthy and sustainable diet to a future population of 10 billion will be a monumental challenge. But it is within our reach. How do we harness the actions that are needed?




To feed a growing population without surpassing the planetary boundaries, we need to manage our land and oceans differently - essentially halting land expansion for food. The current land must produce healthy, delicious food, and be the staging ground for environmental restoration. Aquaculture is promising to help to fill the protein gap – but must avoid creating new problems. How far can tech take us on this journey and what are the costs? Are the oceans the next farms and what does this mean for marine conservation?




Every ton of food not wasted, corresponds to land not converted, greenhouse gases not emitted, or cubic meters of water not withdrawn from river systems. Every liter of water saved protects the integrity of the water cycle and our oceans. Every pound of food saved from loss or waste will create economic and environmental gains. So, what are we waiting for? And where are we stalling?









Disruptive Dialogues

Quality Hotel Globe


Join us for an interactive showcase of the future generation’s ideas and solutions to the interconnected challenges of food, health, climate and environment.




Plant based dietary trends have fueled a rediscovery of countless crop varieties with promising nutritional and environmental profiles. With their abilities to deliver more crop per drop and withstand unpredictable seasonal changes, diversifying what we grow can help meet nutrition needs. Gene editing or lab grown meats offer to increase productivity, nutrition and tolerance to environmental uncertainties through direct manipulation. But not without controversy. Can smallholder farms increase productivity to meet food security needs? Is gene editing really a promise to take charge of our own futures or the next environmental calamity?




How and where we interact with food in our daily lives shapes our attitudes and our dietary habits. The complex landscape of economic trade and production markets, advertising, packaging and consumption offers multiple entry points through which to turn our relationship around. So, what are the trade-offs, and how can we convince the world that this is where we need to be? Will big business ever really get on board and how much impact can consumer changes in diet really have?


Food systems cannot get “too big to fail” - too much is at stake. Change is possible, positive, and all around us. It will not be easy, but all signs show that collective action can and must get us there. Multi-level partnerships mean getting out of our comfort zones. By the time this last session kicks off, the delegates at EAT Stockholm Food Forum will have rolled up their sleeves, joined forces, tackled uncomfortable conversations, shared solutions, forged new connections and literally sowed the seeds of change. Together we are building a new narrative, and together we can define strategies for managing political and economic opinion change. A true success story of the Great Food Transformation. Let’s get to work.



The speakers and panelists