The Future of Green Public Procurement

How can we shift the habits, production, metrics and governance of our food systems towards sustainability? On 10 October, a group of experts within the food value chain came together to explore these questions during a side event on 'Systemic change in our food systems' at the C40 World Mayors Summit. Green public procurement of food provides … Continue reading The Future of Green Public Procurement

South London’s Changing Landscape – #2

When you want to find out about teenagers’ lifestyles and daily habits, observe them. And when you want to find out about their food choices, ask them. This was our motto in our latest foodscape research in London, and our findings surprisingly had very little to do with food. Our project in South London – … Continue reading South London’s Changing Landscape – #2

See you at CFS46!

From 14-18 October, I will be attending the 46th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS46) in Rome. For me, the highlight of CFS46 is our side-event on obesogenic environments. The event is co-organized between Gehl, UNICEF, the Brazilian Ministry of Health and World Obesity Federation. Food systems are threatening human and planetary … Continue reading See you at CFS46!

South London’s Changing Foodscape – #1

It’s been five hours since lunch, you’re running for the train and your stomach is rumbling! You must eat but the only thing in sight is fast food. It’s not ideal and certainly not healthy, but it does the trick until you get home for dinner. This is a familiar scenario for many of us … Continue reading South London’s Changing Foodscape – #1

Linking Cities and Obesogenic Behavior

Can a better understanding of the built environment help us to design the foodscape for healthy eating habits and ultimately good everyday lives? I am currently doing some work with Gehl, a well-known urban design consultancy, which looks into how the structure and design of cities impacts the way we eat. The interdependent relationship between … Continue reading Linking Cities and Obesogenic Behavior

Ahora en español: Menu de Soluciones

Ahora en español: Menú de soluciones - Una guía nórdica para políticas alimentarias sostenibles! El menú de soluciones reunió por primera vez las políticas más innovadoras del ámbito alimentario en la región nórdica. Lanzado en julio de 2018, ahora unos meses después se presenta en Costa Rica su edición en español. El menú de soluciones … Continue reading Ahora en español: Menu de Soluciones

Urban food policy, a vehicle for change

Cities have ravenous appetites… but they also have a thirst for change.   Urban food systems are a driver of climate change, but they are also at risk from it. Comprising no less than 20-30% of global greenhouse emissions, the contribution of the food system to climate change requires a new form of leadership. Cities … Continue reading Urban food policy, a vehicle for change

Solutionism: using tried and tested approaches to confront global challenges

Solutionism: The belief that all difficulties have solutions Solutionist: A solver of problems Wherever I go, I hear people asking for solutions to transforming our food system into a more sustainable one. While there are no silver bullets, I believe that it is important to look at the approaches that are working and understand how … Continue reading Solutionism: using tried and tested approaches to confront global challenges

From vegetable vending machines to edible insects: searching for sustainable food in China

I have just returned from a two week trip to China where I shared my time between scouting new food trends in Shanghai, presenting at the 2nd International Conference on Insects to Feed the World and promoting the Solutions Menu: A Nordic Guide to Sustainable Food Policy to representatives from the Nordic Consulates. Food trends in … Continue reading From vegetable vending machines to edible insects: searching for sustainable food in China

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

On Thursday, April 26th, I will be speaking the at the R.E.B.B.L.S. (Rising Entrepreneurs in Bio Business and Life Science) Beers with Peers event on Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG #11). My talk will be about the importance of food within the urban context and how we can strive to improve how we interact with food … Continue reading SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities