This blog post is drawn from a presentation at the EAT Stockholm Food Forum on May 27th, 2014. Select excerpts from that presentation appear below. For the full text, please visit the Zero Hunger Challenge blog.
There is growing recognition that modern eating patterns, particularly excessive consumption of energy-rich foods such as fats and sugars, can contribute to non-communicable diseases and that diet-related ill-health is increasing rapidly throughout the world. The demands of the modern diet also contribute to unsustainable agricultural practices. During 2014 it has become evident that the food security of millions of people is already threatened by changing climates and that agriculture and land use changes contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions.
The links between the foods people eat, their risks of ill-health, and the environmental and climate impact of food production practices are the focus of the EAT Forum, which seeks to encourage future patterns of consumption that are both healthy and sustainable.
The starting point is the recognition by all that transformations in policies and practices require changed values, popular momentum, and the engagement of multiple actors in order to stimulate the necessary political commitment and accountability. But are there techniques for doing this? What can be learnt from other Movements that are already happening?