Towards a Sustainable Food System

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Series Details Number 8
Publication Date March 2020
ISBN 978-92-76-16419-7
EC KI-02-20-136-EN-N
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Scientific Opinion produced by the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors from the European Commission's Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) - published in March 2020 - on the development of a sustainable food system across the European Union (EU).

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There is broad scientific consensus on what is needed to achieve a sustainable food system. This includes increasing or maintaining agricultural yields and efficiency while decreasing the environmental burden on biodiversity, soils, water and air; reducing food loss and waste; and stimulating dietary changes towards healthier and less resource-intensive diets.

However, previous scientific advice has not adequately addressed the question of how to achieve a sustainable food system, and has not fully considered how the social sciences could be used to bring about a more sustainable food system. Hence, this Scientific Opinion focuses on the ‘how’ question, drawing evidence mainly from social sciences. One central overarching recommendation has been identified, as well as more specific recommendations.

An evidence review report and underlying systematic literature review supported the Scientific Opinion, which have been produced by the Science Advice for Policy by European Academies (SAPEA) consortium. The Cardiff EDC - which manages the ESO information service - was part of SAPEA's review team.

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SAPEA: Topics: A sustainable food system for the European Union
SAPEA: Evidence Review Report No. 7: A Sustainable Food System for the European Union
Academia Europaea: Cardiff Knowledge Hub: A Sustainable Food System for Europe: SAPEA publishes its latest report, including a systematic review by Cardiff University

European Commission: Scientific Advice Mechanism: Towards a sustainable food system

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