Newsletter May 2014

May 8th 2014

Can you believe we’re only a few weeks away from LiveWell for LIFE’s third and final stakeholder workshop? ‘Facilitating the adoption of healthy, sustainable diets in the EU’ will take place in Brussels 11 – 12 June, and will be an opportunity for delegates to discuss the key findings of LiveWell’s work over the last year. On the agenda is the economic impact assessment of the adoption of sustainable diets by 2020, as well as the cost-benefit analysis of public policy options to implement these in the EU and the LiveWell pilot countries. It’s promising to be a lively and engaging event – follow the proceedings on #LWevents14

But for now, let’s start by looking at some of the things we’ve done over the last few months.

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Value Your Food

World on a plateOn Monday 24 March 2014, LiveWell for LIFE hosted Value your food – a conference investigating the value of food from various perspectives. Over 50 key food, environment and health experts met to explore how to develop a truly collaborative approach to a sustainable food system.

Video recordings and slides of all the presentations, Ben Caspar’s video message and the panel discussion are available on our website.

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Debating Europe

Debating Europe

  • Is converging public health and sustainability an opportunity or a distraction?
  • Can Europe really afford the true cost of food?
  • What place does sustainable consumption have on the EC policy agenda?

These are some of the questions Debating Europe is investigating in a series of debates supported by LiveWell for LIFE. A number of experts in health, environment and business have been interviewed to kick-start these debates, so have your say and help shape how Europe eats!

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Eat Forum

Stockholm Food ForumEAT – Stockholm Food Forum is an arena for scientists, politics and business representatives to meet and discuss how we can sustainably feed a healthy world population. This is the first annual forum and is an opportunity for participants to help shape the future of food. WWF is working with the EAT Food Forum, and there will be high level participation from WWF at the event. Join the EAT Food Forum and WWF in Stockholm in May

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France trials environmental labelling

indice environmentalIn 2011, France launched an environmental labelling experiment: for one year, retailers, industries and other organisations worked together on informing consumers about food products’ environmental impacts. What are the main conclusions on the issue of this experiment? What are the views on environmental food labelling?

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The LiveWell roadshow continues

LiveWell for LIFE has been busy these past months attending different conferences across Europe. At the beginning of March we were present at International Conference on Urban Health in Manchester and a month later we were at Food Vision in Cannes – thank you to everyone we met at these events!

ICUH Manchester 2014LiveWell at ICUH 2014

The 11th International Conference on Urban Health (ICUH) took place in Manchester, UK from 4-7 March 2014. The conference is described as the premier non-governmental global forum for information-exchange among urban health stakeholders.

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Food Vision LogoLiveWell at Food Vision

Food Vision – which took place in Cannes, France from 31 March – 2 April 2014 – brought together leaders in R&D, marketing and business strategy who share a passion for innovation and growth. The debates focused on the sources of sustainable growth and profitability in today’s global food and drink markets. LiveWell hosted a lunch-time round table session called ‘Building an appetite for sustainable healthy diets’ which was very well-received by all participants.

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EU Food Sense – is Brussels embracing sustainable food?

Eu Food SenseAs we wait for the European Commission’s Communication on Sustainable Food, we were delighted to see the Steering Group on Sustainable Food and Feeding the 5000 organise a sustainable food conference in Brussels, on 2 April. Ensuring the right to food through better nutrition – rather than food production, reducing food waste, reducing dependence on large-scale livestock farming, and the need for more joint-up policies – were recurring themes.

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