EAT Stockholm Food Forum Brings Together World Leaders in Food

EAT Stockholm Food Forum Brings Together World Leaders in Food
From, by Lani Furbank

The third annual EAT Stockholm Food Forum will be taking place in Sweden on June 13th and 14th this year. This international event brings together leaders in the fields of science, business politics, and civil society to work toward creating a more sustainable, secure, and equal food system. 

This year’s forum will focus on consumption and production patterns, technology and innovation, international agreements, and cities. There is an impressive lineup of speakers from around the world with a diverse range of expertise.

Two days of programming will span a broad spectrum of topics, with the goal of finding collaborative solutions to improve the food system. The panels and speeches are divided into themed sessions, each centered on a different part of the story. Sessions include The Premise: Why there is a need for change; The Shift: Transformative role of cities; The Money: Sustainable responsible business; The Innovative Solutions: Breaking down silos; The Rules: Accountability and international agreements; The Commitment: Partnerships, projects, and action; The Plan: Healthy and sustainable food systems, and The Future: Consumer trends, where are we heading? 

A few highlights of the forum are the discussion about the frontlines of climate change led by Tuila’epa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, the Prime Minister of Samoa; a look at community farming and food as the new internet with Kimbal Musk, the co-founder of the Kitchen Community and a board member for Tesla Motors; discourse on how to reduce food waste with Vytenis Andriukaitis, the European Commissioner of Health and Food Safety; and a discussion of how to bring pieces of the puzzle together with Ruth Richardson, the executive director of the Global  Alliance for the Future of Food.

On the second day of the event, there is a series of Competence Forums (CFs) that are intended to foster interactive dialogue between stakeholders from varying fields. There will be two types of CFs: short, one-hour active learning workshops, and longer, three-hour think-tank discussions around a specific issue. The topics of the CFs range from the Prioritizing Nutrition as Part of Europe’s Migration Challenge to Antimicrobial Resistance. 

The 2016 Global Nutrition Report (GNR) will also be launched at the forum during a panel moderated by Norway’s Crown Princess Mette-Marit. The GNR is an annual look at the world’s nutrition status and global progress on efforts to reduce malnutrition.

The goal of the forum as a whole is to connect the many global voices in the fields of food, health, and environment to collaborate and create change. 

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