LiveWell for LIFE webinar – 13th June

May 3rd 2012

Wednesday 13th June, 11.30-13.00 CET

WWF and Friends of Europe are running their first LiveWell for LIFE Webinar on the Climate Impact and Benefits of Sustainable diets. The online event is a key start to the project and aims to:

  • Explore the links between current food consumption patterns and the related climate change and other environmental impacts;
  • Build a shared and levelled understanding among stakeholders of the key climate change issues linked to current dietary trends;
  • Introduce and discuss the LiveWell Plate;
  • Debate the key climate and other environmental benefits of producing and consuming food in line with the LiveWell Plate.

• Barbara Burlingame from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation will be the inaugural speaker and will talk about the importance and relevance of healthy, sustainable diets.

• Duncan Williamson from WWF-UK will introduce the LiveWell concept and LiveWell for LIFE.

• Ben Caspar from the European Commission’s DG Environment will talk about the relevance of this project to EC policy.

• Caroline Guinot from the European Livestock and Meat Trading Union (UECBV) will speak about the relevance to the Livestock sector.

• Nicole Darmon from the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) will represent the research angle and current findings to date.

• Anders Lennartson from IKEA will be our panel speaker representing the Retail sector.

How do I register?

The Webinar has just 40 spaces available and is by INVITE ONLY. If you have received an invite, you can register for the event with your unique passcode. If you have not received an initial email invite but would like to see whether there are spaces available, please contact Nikki Robinson on

Speakers biographies

Dr. Barbara Burlingame
Dr. Barbara Burlingame is currently the Principal Officer of the Nutrition and Consumer Protection Division (AGN) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), responsible for human nutrition, food quality and safety, Codex Alimentarius Commission, and the interdepartmental activity on sustainable diets. Prior to her role as Principal Officer, she was the Senior Officer and Leader of AGN’s Nutrition Assessment and Requirements Group, with responsibility for food composition, human nutrition requirements, dietary and nutritional risk assessments, biodiversity for food and nutrition, and provision of scientific nutrition advice to member nations and the Codex Alimentarius Commission. Her other roles have included director of INFOODS, the International Network of Food Data Systems (1995-2011), chair of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences Food Data Task Force (1998-2011), and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Food Composition and Analysis (1998-2010). She is a member of several scientific advisory boards and international committees; a recipient of the New Zealand Science and Technology Medal; the author of many scientific papers and UN publications, and several book chapters and reference books; and has served in the role of editor and editorial board member of several food and nutrition journals during the last 25 years.

Dr Burlingame studied at the University of California, Davis, and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition Science and Environmental Toxicology. She did her postgraduate work in New Zealand at Massey University where she obtained her PhD. From 1987-1998 she worked for the New Zealand Institute for Crop & Food Research, and since 1998 she has worked for the FAO.

Ben Casper
Having recently helped draft the European Commission’s Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe, Ben Caspar is now leading the development of the Commission’s upcoming Sustainable Food Strategy, due in 2013. With a background in molecular biology, he joined the European Commission in 2002 to work on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy and then moved on to work on the environmental labelling of products, including running the European Ecolabel scheme for four years. He is based in the Sustainable Consumption and Production Unit of DG Environment.

Nicole Darmon
Nicole Darmon is research director at the French National Research institute for Agronomy (INRA). She is working in Marseille in the field of nutritional epidemiology. She has conducted food consumption surveys among vulnerable populations, such as homeless and food aid recipients. She has developed diet modelling approaches to study the feasibility of nutritional recommendations, their cost, and their implications in terms of food choices. She is developing new tools for increasing the quality of individual diets and for evaluating the nutritional quality of individual foods, based on both diet optimization and nutrient profiling approaches. She is currently conducting work about the compatibility between nutritional requirements and environmental goals such as reducing diet-associated greenhouse gas emissions.

Caroline Guinot
Caroline Guinot is an agronomist, specialised in environmental issues. She has 10 years working experience in the agri-food sector, as she started working in the fruit & vegetable sector and has subsequently worked for five years for the French Meat and Livestock Association (beef & lamb) as an environmental expert. Currently, she is one of the experts attending the Brussels-based UECBV-Clitravi taskforce on climate change issues chaired by Prof. Siem Korver.

Anders Lennartsson
Anders Lennartsson has been working for IKEA since 1989, occupying various positions – with the read thread among these being sustainability. In Anders’ words, “the vision of IKEA of creating a better everyday life for the many people inspires me and I am energized by the work of offering sustainable food to people with thin wallets”.

Duncan Williamson
Duncan Williamson is a senior policy officer at WWF-UK where he has been leading the work on sustainable diets for the past four years. He has been working in the field of sustainability for over 15 years, for NGOs and consultancies and spent 18 months working in Chiang Mai,Thailand, and a further year working on the Galapagos Islands. Duncan has an MSC in sustainable environmental management and a BA in philosophy.

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