Food security concerns us all, because it is about the earth's resources, which we all share and use, and because food is vital for life. That’s why we need to ensure that everybody in the world has enough food to eat or the resources and means to grow their own food. Today, 16 October, is World Food Day. For us in the wealthy Europe it is a day to reflect and to consider what we can do to contribute to a change.
The EESC Permanent Study Group on Sustainable Food Systems aims to contribute to the development of a comprehensive food policy in the EU. This leaflet presents its main priorities and ongoing work.
"To secure livelihood of the population, continuity of vital economic activity and functioning of the infrastructure (also) during serious disturbances and exceptional circumstances ..."
"The recent international events have been a stress test for the CAP. Has the CAP been flexible enough to address the boom and bust in the commodities market?"
"Swiss agricultural production currently covers roughly 60 % of our food requirements"
"Yhtä elintärkeitä toimintoja kuin lentoliikenteen häiriötön jatkuminen on yhteiskunnassamme monia ja useimmat ovat vielä sidoksissa toisiinsa – kun yksi toiminto on syystä tai toisesta jumissa, sillä on yllättävän kauaskantoisia vaikutuksia useaan eri sektoriin. Häiriö- ja kriisialttiita sektoreita ovat perinteisesti esim. tietoliikenneyhteydet, lentoliikenne ja merikuljetukset. ..."
The EESC strongly believe that ensuring food security is not just about producing more food. Supplying diverse, nutritious and good quality foods, supporting smallholder farmers, sustaining soil and water resources and reducing food waste are objectives that should also be pursued.
The EESC aims to promote civil society's role in food security, for example through its opinions, its cooperation with the FAO, participating as observer in the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) or through UN International Year events.