On our plate today: healthy and sustainable food choices

November 19th 2014

11 December 2014, 8.30am-4.00pm

The Hotel EU, Brussels

Danuta Slusarka, Programme Executive, Friends of Europe. Jenni Heikka, Programme Assistant, Friends of Europe

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LiveWell for LIFE’s concluding conference took place at Thon Hotel EU, Brussels on 11 December 2014. Together with approximately 200 leading food, environment and health experts – from across the policy, civil society and business sectors – we looked at the need for a global food strategy, and the role policymakers and business leaders alike play in encouraging sustainable food consumption.

The conference had a packed programme and an exciting list of speakers. And, we proudly hosted two TED-style talks, aimed to inspire and motivate between sessions.

First up was Philip Lymbery – author of Farmageddon and CEO of Compassion in World Farming.

And Samuel Levie – founder of the Youth Food Movement and co-owner of Brandt & Levie re-opened the conference after lunch.

The day also consisted of three panel sessions. In the morning we looked at how to fashion a global food strategy. In light of unprecedented population growth, a global shift towards a Western diet and the effects of climate change, what steps do we need to take to achieve a sustainable food system?

Mid-morning we explored joint measures to encourage sustainable food consumption. What can governments, business and civil society do to facilitate the adoption of sustainable diets?

In the final session, we examined European food policy. LiveWell for LIFE has shown that government policy already influences people’s food choices in a number of ways. Can EU level policies foster real change towards sustainable consumption?

Conference video 

Views of delegates and speakers

We live streamed and tweeted throughout the day – have a look at our Storify!

Read more about our previous LiveWell events.

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