EC launches consultation on food innovation
The European Commission has launched an online consultation on how science and innovation can help the EU to ensure safe, nutritious, sufficient and sustainable food globally. The consultation is linked to Expo Milano 2015, which has "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life" as its theme. The Commission aims at stimulating a political debate on global food security and sustainability.
The Commission's discussion paper "The Role of Research in Global Food and Nutrition Security" was produced by the Expo 2015 EU Scientific Steering Committee, chaired by former EU-Commissioner Franz Fischler (Austria). The paper was jointly presented in Brussels by Mr. Fischler and Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, and responsible for the Joint Research Centre on 13 April 2015.
Commissioner Navracsics emphasised that "the European Union has a vital role to play in tackling the challenges associated with food and nutrition security and sustainability" and welcomed Expo 2015 as an opportunity "to showcase what the EU is already doing in this field". There will be close cooperation with the Commissioners in charge of agriculture, health, research, environment and development on this topic, according to Mr. Navracsics.
EU Scientific Steering Committee Chairman Mr. Fischler said he believed that "science and innovation are crucial if we are to guarantee access to safe and nutritious food for all, produced in a sustainable way. We have worked hard to ensure that Expo 2015 has a strong scientific dimension. I hope that the consultation and the discussion paper will steer a global debate."
The consultation will underpin the debate on a future research agenda to help tackle global food and nutrition security challenges. At EU level, it will focus on areas such as improving public health through nutrition, increasing food safety and quality, reducing food loss and waste, making rural development more sustainable, increasing agricultural yields through sustainable intensification, as well as improving understanding of food markets and increasing access to food for people around the world.
The online consultation is open for input by interested stakeholders until 1 September 2015. The results of the consultation will be published on 15 October 2015.
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