Alimentation durable

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Food is at the centre of our lives and an integral part of the European culture. However, the food we eat, the ways we produce it and the amounts wasted have major impacts on human health, natural resources and society as a whole:

  • Citizens –and children in particular– are increasingly suffering from overweight and obesity due to unhealthy diets.
  • Farmers and workers do not get a fair price for their produce.
  • One third of food is lost or wasted across the food chain.
  • The environment is paying the bill with the dramatic effects of food production and consumption on climate change, loss of biodiversity, air and water pollution, soil degradation, etc.

The COVID-19 crisis is a wake-up call for change. It has demonstrated that getting food "from farm to fork" cannot be taken for granted and has shown the interconnectedness of actors and activities throughout the food system. Fair, resource efficient, inclusive and sustainable supply chains in the whole agriculture and food sector are needed more than ever to deliver equally for citizens, farmers, workers and business.

The EESC has been for years at the forefront of calling for a sustainable and comprehensive food policy. Such an integrated and systemic approach is essential to tackle the multiple and interconnected challenges affecting food systems; to deliver economic, environmental and socio-cultural sustainability; to ensure integration and coherence across policy areas (such as agriculture, environment, health, education, trade, economy, technology, etc.); and to promote cooperation across levels of governance

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How to link sustainable food procurement with strategic policies or climate change actions? How to overcome public procurement issues related to purchasing "local & regional food"? If 1€ invested in sustainable school meals brings up to 6€ in social return in investment imagine the impact of sustainable school meals all across Europe! ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability in partnership with the Committee of the Regions and the Organic Cities Network Europe invite you to the 30th edition of Breakfast at Sustainability.


Le CESE présente une proposition visant à accroître leur contribution. La bioéconomie joue un rôle crucial lorsqu’il s’agit de lutter contre le changement climatique, de répondre à la demande croissante de denrées alimentaires et de renforcer les zones rurales. Dans son avis sur l’actualisation de la stratégie bioéconomique, adopté lors de la session plénière du 15 mai, le CESE demande que les PME soient davantage soutenues en termes d’assistance et d’accès au financement.



L’alimentation est au centre de nos vies et fait partie intégrante de la culture européenne. L’alimentation joue également un rôle crucial dans notre économie: c’est le plus grand secteur manufacturier de l’Union en termes d’emploi et de contribution au PIB. De même, la nourriture que nous consommons, les méthodes avec lesquels nous produisons et les quantités gaspillées ont des incidences majeures sur la santé humaine, sur les ressources naturelles et sur la société dans son ensemble.