The Food Systems Network supports city efforts to create and implement integrated food policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase resilience and deliver health outcomes.
Food production accounts for 11% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, rising to 30% when food distribution and land use are included. Cities have strong authority over many aspects of urban food systems. The Network, delivered in partnership with EAT, will help participating cities achieve solutions to their most pressing challenges that result in carbon reductions, enhanced climate resilience and greater health equity and sustainability.
Food Systems Network Focus Areas
The Food Systems Network works with cities to progress their priorities in the following areas:
Sustainable Diets - using food procurement for public facilities (schools’ canteens, hospitals, elderly homes, civic buildings etc.) as well as regulations on marketing and accessibility to foster more sustainable and healthy diets.
Regenerative agriculture - promoting regenerative urban agriculture to decrease production emissions, close yields gaps, increase food security, support local producers, decrease food miles, mitigate urban heat island effect and reduce building energy demand (through roof and wall gardens).
Food Distribution and Resiliency – strengthening resiliency and supporting sustainable food logistics to develop a safe and energy efficient municipal public market system, including hubs and wholesale markets.
Food Waste - raising awareness of and addressing food loss and waste reduction, including by facilitating recovery and redistribution for people in need (food banks) and implementing food waste valorization.
Governance - Supporting cities in developing food strategies; including food as part of their climate action plans; and creating food boards and councils for inter-departmental and external coordination.