SavingFood in FOOD 2030 workshop “Cities for Food Systems Innovation and Green Jobs” organised by the EC

  • Brussels, Belgium

SavingFood in FOOD 2030 workshop “Cities for Food Systems Innovation and Green Jobs” organised by the EC

Our Project Coordinator was in Brussels during the Green Week to present the SavingFood project. In the context of “Cities for Food Systems Innovation and Green Jobs” a full day workshop with various stakeholders (from city representatives, researchers, entrepreneurs to civil society) took place to explore the role of the cities in fostering food systems innovation and green jobs at the local level. SavingFood was there presenting the idea of “Redirecting surplus food to those in need”.

You can click here for the agenda.

SavingFood Project Coordinator, presented the project’s ICT-facilitated solution to match surplus food with those who need it.

The group found that a key barrier to saving food is the lack of awareness – people don’t know how easy it is to save food or to be involved in food saving solutions. Therefore, the SavingFood platform offers also a public space for information about food waste and food saving, and a place to arrange the three main types of food-saving activities, rescuing usable food from compost or landfill; gleaning (collecting unharvested food from the field); collecting produce left over from farmers markets. Badges, pledges, personal food reports and crowdsourcing campaigns will be used to assess behaviour and encourage pro-social behaviours.

There were many other examples of technological solutions to food sharing. The FW discussion group felt that the issue of food waste and saving food was somewhat transpolitical, with an incentive for companies, therefore being an issue that holds a lot of opportunity. The group remarked that better explanation of the rationalisation of expiry date labelling — giving people the critical tools to understand the risk and decide whether something is safe or not — may improve the situation.

More regarding, can be found on the final report of the EC funded study ‘Food in Cities – Innovation for a sustainable and healthy production, delivery and consumption of food in cities’, click here.

As for the thematics and outcomes of the workshop, a report is available via the following link, whereas the general ideas and outcomes follow in brief.

  • Innovative food strategies in cities tend to use citizen involvement and social innovation as key tools.
  • Public procurement approaches are possible with commitment and engagement.
  • Food systems approaches including social goals can create green jobs.
  • Food sharing can be facilitated by digital innovation.
  • Evidence-based tools provide opportunities to redesign food systems inclusively.
  • We should go beyond city strategies by setting innovative operational goals.

Details regarding the Event:

  • Date: 31 May 2017, 9:00 – 16:30
  • Location: Brussels, Belgium European Commission – DG Research and Innovation, Covent Garden, Place Rogier 16, 1210 Brussels