Empoli food 2030, the new challenge for food sustainability starts from Tuscany

Mayor Barnini: “Why be so dependent on agricultural production and consumption when our country has all the characteristics to be able to develop from this point of view?”

[14 Aprile 2022]

Empoli food 2030, the project designed by the Tuscan municipality to make the food and agricultural system of Empoli more sustainable, has been presented and signed in recent days at the town hall welcoming numerous adhesions: the signatories range from farmers’ associations ( such as Cia and Coldiretti) to those active in the tertiary sector (Emporio solidale and Croce Rossa, among others) or commercial (Confesercenti and Cna, for example).

The initiative has a very broad spectrum: there are four main themes that make up Empoli food 2030 and twenty-nine actions to consolidate and intensify an urban food policy, with the aim of achieving sustainable development of the local food system.

Empoli’s strategy follows that of major cities such as Milan and Rome, which have been committed for years to urban food policies, understood as the set of decisions that influence the way city residents produce, buy, consume and dispose of food. . , raising awareness among citizens, with the aim of sustainably changing food production, but also its transformation, logistics, distribution, consumption and the waste system. All this following the indications of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, from which Empoli Food 2030 is inspired, also in the choice of name.

“We want to improve what we are already doing – explains the mayor, Brenda Barnini – the purchase of kilometer zero in the school canteen, the distribution of meals at home, the strength of the Solidarity Emporium as a distribution of expenses for those who need the most, and then added to this is a broader awareness of the whole community which increasingly leads to the realization that one of the great issues of change in our time is around the food consumption. I think we have to exploit this difficult moment a little to realize certain choices and lifestyles that we have always had and which today nevertheless present us with the bill, because being so dependent on both from an energy point of view but also from an agricultural production and consumption point of view while, on the other hand, our country has all the characteristics to be able to grow from this point of view, this must be the moment when we take all co nscience and start implementing different behaviors. These practices can begin to build an economic and productive model that further values ​​the territory, sustainability and therefore also the proximity of productions”.

More in detail, Empoli Food 2030 is a strategy that is expressed through 4 objectives: to guarantee healthy food for all, to fight against food waste, to educate about healthy food and to strengthen the tradition and culture of local food. To achieve them, a total of 29 actions have been planned, some in which the Empoli community is already involved such as the meal on the house, the nutritionist’s counter, the food bag to be delivered to schools and the Empoli Mercatale project, d others who are participants in the project they have pledged to complete by 2030.

Among the many actions, the administration is committed to issuing the Food2030 quality certificate to restaurants and businesses that will enrich their menus with healthy, fresh and zero-mile food, donate or sell unsold food at low prices at the end of day and will deliver the customers receive the food bag, in which to place the food ordered but not consumed.

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