Sostenibilità alimentare

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Il cibo è un elemento fondamentale della nostra vita e fa parte integrante della cultura europea. Tuttavia, gli alimenti che mangiamo, il modo in cui li produciamo e le quantità che vanno sprecate hanno ripercussioni considerevoli sulla salute umana, sulle risorse naturali e sulla società nel suo complesso:

  • I cittadini – e in particolare i bambini – sono sempre più in sovrappeso e soffrono di obesità a causa di regimi alimentari non sani.
  • Gli agricoltori e i lavoratori non riescono ad ottenere prezzi equi per i loro prodotti.
  • Un terzo degli alimenti va perduto o sprecato lungo la catena alimentare.
  • È l'ambiente che paga il conto di questa situazione, con gli effetti drammatici della produzione e del consumo di alimenti sui cambiamenti climatici, sulla perdita di biodiversità, sull'inquinamento atmosferico e idrico, sul degrado del suolo, ecc.

La crisi COVID-19 è un campanello d'allarme che ci esorta a un cambiamento. Essa ha mostrato che portare gli alimenti "dal produttore al consumatore" non è un processo scontato, e che esiste un'interconnessione tra attori e attività nell'intero sistema alimentare. Sono più che mai necessarie filiere di approvvigionamento eque, efficienti sotto il profilo delle risorse, inclusive e sostenibili in tutto il settore agricolo e alimentare, con pari vantaggi per i cittadini, gli agricoltori, i lavoratori e le imprese.

Il CESE è da anni in prima linea nell'invocare una politica alimentare sostenibile e completa. Tale approccio integrato e sistemico è essenziale per: affrontare le molteplici e interconnesse sfide che interessano i sistemi alimentari; realizzare una sostenibilità economica, ambientale e socioculturale; garantire l'integrazione e la coerenza in tutti i settori politici (quali l'agricoltura, l'ambiente, la sanità, l'istruzione, il commercio, l'economia, la tecnologia, ecc.) e promuovere la cooperazione tra tutti i livelli di governance.

  • In light of the two newly adopted strategies of the European Commission on Biodiversity and Sustainable Food, we have put together some relevant infographics that illustrate the aim of these strategies.

  • The EESC suggests increasing focus on sustainable, healthy diets for 2020

    The Christmas festivities are over, and now it is time for many Europeans to rethink their diets and beware of obesity. The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) takes the beginning of a new year and decade as an opportunity to remind us that obesity is the cause of many diseases, and affirms its support for EU initiatives that accelerate a shift towards healthier, more sustainable diets for citizens.

  • 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.

  • EESC puts forward proposal to increase their contributions. The bioeconomy is a crucial factor in fighting climate change, responding to the growing food demand and boosting rural areas. In its opinion on the Updating of the Bioeconomy Strategy, adopted at its plenary session of 15 May, the EESC calls for better support for SMEs in the form of advice and access to finance

  • Food is at the centre of our lives and an integral part of the European culture. Food also plays a crucial role in our economy: it is the Union’s biggest manufacturing sector in terms of employment and contribution to GDP. Also, the food we eat, the ways we produce it and the amounts wasted have major impacts on human health, on natural resources and on society as a whole.

  • This public hearing aims to exchange views with civil society representatives from candidate countries and EU's stakeholders on the opportunities and challenges for the EU-agri-food sector with EU enlargement and to identify the contributions of the accession countries to the EU's social, environmental, and economic sustainability.

  • Rural Pact debate #5

    With this debate, the EESC wants to contribute to reflections on the foundations of a just transition framework on the agri-food sector to achieve a sustainable food system and move forward with concrete recommendations, for example, looking at the skills, capacity and mental support needed, or identifying some key policy areas and legal leverage points that could be triggered to start a just food transition for the EU.

    Given the link between agriculture and rural areas and farmers with food production, the recommendations of this opinion will also have a positive impact on rural development.

  • On 17 November 2023, the Permanent Group on Sustainable Food Systems (PG) and the Sustainable Development Observatory (SDO) of the EESC will hold a joint meeting on the theme "Sustainable food systems as drivers for the implementation of the SDGs" to bring together members of the two EESC bodies and representatives from the European Commission and other stakeholders from the agri-food chain.

  • On 6 November 2023, the EESC will host a public hearing in the context of its ongoing opinion on 'Promoting autonomous and sustainable food production: strategies for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) post-2027' requested by the upcoming Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

  • Extraordinary meeting of the Civil Society Organisations' Group

    This is an in-person conference that will be live streamed. Registration for in-person participation is required.