Tackling the climate crisis requires changing the food system

The first Food Council promoted by industry associations to adapt food policies to times increasingly marked by the climate crisis was held today on Capitol Hill.

Strengthening and promoting short circuits, reducing food waste, promoting sustainable agriculture and raising public awareness of food quality: this is the challenge of the first Recommended food which took place today at the Capitol. An initiative promoted from below and reaching the municipality of Rome, in order to raise awareness about an issue often misunderstood: that of nutrition. “Today is a point of arrival, for those who, like us, helped launch this path almost three years ago, but also a point of departure – says Fabio Ciconte, director of theAssociation of the Earth! – We expect the administration, in dialogue with civil society, to build a food strategy geared towards our future, the city and the planet, because we are in a climate crisis which must be dealt with by global policies but also which make cities fairer and greener. The food system is changing rapidly but it needs to be governed to facilitate the agro-ecological transition in the countryside and access to quality food for all in urban centers”.

Projects of food education at school, enhancement of markets and local farms, alliance with researchers, associations and volunteers: these are just some of the points that will be explored in the next period. “Food is culture, it is history, it must be sustainable and inclusive – explain the directors of the Democratic Party Valeria Baglio and Giovanni Zannola – We have worked actively so that Rome plays a leading role and we have promoted commitments at all levels to recognize the Roman agri-food system the place it deserves, until the approval of Resolution No. 38 of 2021. It’s a bottom-up joblooking at the proposals of associations, committees, workers, the cooperative world, citizens who have been fighting for years for an issue that affects everyone: truly rethinking the Roman agri-food system in an ecological key, promoting the right to food and conscious use of natural resources, protect the quality of products, fight against exploitation and capitalization”.

“Major political investment in agricultural development and a Rome’s food supply chain, a long-term vision of the city aimed at sustainability, zero-kilometre consumption, food quality and the principle of proximity,” says city councilor Sabrina Alfonsi. “We systematize the many experiments on the subject of food policy and agricultural development. make together a participatory and inclusive path of comparison and shared planning, make food advice a place of synthesis and accompany Rome in the agri-food transition. We will do this through work tables, on major overlapping themes: food waste, food and wine culturesolidarity economy, school and collective catering, to name but a few”.

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