Food Product Labeling: Challenges of Defining Sustainability (2023 Oct)

On 2023 October 12, the Food Forum will host a webinar that will look at the challenges of defining sustainability for food product labeling. Invited speakers will explore the variables for defining sustainability, the impact of sustainability labelling on consumers, challenges for regulatory agencies, and research gaps and future considerations. Speakers include: Brian RonholmConsumer Reports, Rebecca Walker ReczekThe Ohio State University, Arlin WassermanChanging Tastes, Julia EnsorFederal Trade Commission, Sean B. CashTufts University. Hosted by Heather D. Cook, Meredith Parr, and Cypress Lynx.

The Food Forum convenes scientists, administrators, and policymakers from academia, government, industry, non-profits, professional societies, and consumer groups on an ongoing basis to issues related to food (including safety, regulation, systems, nutrition, and health) and identifying approaches to address them. It provides a unique way to identify areas of concordance among these diverse interest groups. It does not make recommendations, nor does it offer specific advice. It compiles information, develops options, and brings interested parties together.

Sponsors: American Heart Association, American Society for Nutrition, Cargill Inc, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Coca-Cola-Company, Conagra Brands, Danone North America, Department of Agriculture, Feeding America, Food and Drug Administration, General Mills Inc, Institute of Food Technologists, Mars Incorporated Mondelez International Inc., National Institutes of Health, Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc.

Fuel for the Future: Eating with Sustainability in Mind (2023 Mar)

This session on Fuel for the Future: Eating with Sustainability in Mind is from the first colloquium of the International Affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (IAAND) and Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (PUJ) in March 2023. Christine McCullum-Gómez, PhD, RDN, Food and Nutrition Consultant, Speaker, and Writer covers the following topics in the session, which is complete with links to role models, research, and other documents: An Introduction to sustainable food systems; Why are current food systems unsustainable?; Colombian food system; Diets that are good for health and the planet; Strategies to support the sustainability of the food system; Eating more plant-based meals and snacks made from native plants; Support urban agriculture/community gardens; Reduce food and food packaging waste.

Food Talk

Food Tank is building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. They aim to educate, inspire, advocate, and create change. They spotlight and support environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty and create networks of people, organizations, and content to push for food system change. Food Talk is Food Tank’s podcast with Danielle Nierenberg who chats with the most important folks in the food industry about the most important food news, released every Thursday.

The Nutrition Show

In The Nutrition Show Mary Purdy, MS, RDN, dishes out easy-to-digest information, tips, and advice about nutrition and planetary health. Backed by over 12 years of clinical nutrition experience, a passion for sustainability and a healthy sense of humor, she will inspire you to eat to support your health while making eco-friendly choices. You can also be a part of our show by sharing your health success story, your question, topic suggestion, or health tip of your own.

The ICDA SFS-Toolkit explained in German

Here is a link to download the recording: 2022 VDD SFS toolkit Webinar_Nachhaltigkeit (172 mb)

This presentation was done for promotion of the fantastic and diverse SFS-Toolkit towards German speaking dietitians . It begins with a short introduction of the ICDA and its context to the German Association of Dietitians. 

The main aim to motivate peers is done in a step-by-step introduction of the multiple possibilities on further education in sustainability. We show how simple it is to submit a project by using the toolkit during the webinar and walking people through the process.

You can consider doing something similar for your situation.

This Zoom webinar was contributed by Manuela you can read more about her as a recipient of an NDA SFS Toolkit Grant and contact her for more details.

contributed February 12, 2022

Implementing equitable and effective food policy: what more needs to be done? (2023 Mar 22)

Christina Vogel is Deputy Director of the Centre for Food Policy at City. She is a registered nutritionist and has worked in public health nutrition for 20 years in Australia and Europe. Her research aims to inform the implementation and evaluation of food-related policies and interventions which optimise population nutrition, reduce inequalities and protect our planet. Inequalities in diet, obesity and life expectancy are increasing in England, with widening gaps between families living in the most and least deprived areas. Structural food policies addressing environmental and commercial determinants of poor diet offer promise to shift the population towards dietary recommendations without exacerbating inequalities. In this talk Professor Vogel highlights how recent analyses of such food policies indicate, however, that greater assessment of the conditions in which food policies are implemented is required to ensure impact is equitable and minimises unintended negative consequences on health, environmental and/or economic outcomes. It was a free session online on 22 March 2023, follow the link for more details.

Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) of the Sustainable Food Systems Partnership (2023 Feb 14)

The SCAR Food Systems Strategic Working Group (FS SWG) held a webinar to present the final version of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) of the Partnership on Sustainable Food Systems (SFS) for People, Planet and Climate. The SRIA was finalised by a task force of the SCAR FS SWG in collaboration with external experts, taking into account the comments received by stakeholders through a public consultation run during the last months. The SRIA is an important step in the SFS Partnership preparation, providing a framework for topics and activities for its annual work plan: thanks to this webinar, you will learn more about the research and innovation priority areas addressed by the Partnership in the upcoming years. See #FOODPathS project website for more information.

4th global conference of the Sustainable Food Systems Programme (2023 Apr 24-27) 

Humankind is confronted with multiple deeply rooted and interlinked crises, including in relation to climate, biodiversity, conflict, energy, consumer prices, inequality, food insecurity, malnutrition and health. Global food systems challenges call for a profound and swift transformation of how we produce, process, retail, consume food and dispose organic waste.

The September 2021 UN Secretary-General’s Food Systems Summit (UN FSS) created important momentum to trigger transformation. Contributing to the 2023 Stock-Taking Moment of the UN FSS follow-up process, this conference will look at how food systems need to be transformed to overcome these crises in order to minimize the risk of global collapse and achieve the SDGs.

Temerty Medicine Environmental Health Lecture Series: Health (human and planetary) and the Existential Threat of the Anthropocene (2023 Feb-Apr)

The webinar series on Health (human and planetary) and the Existential Threat of the Anthropocene brought attention to the destructive effects of human activity on our own health, and that of the planet, and engage the medical community in discussions on how to affect positive change. The term Anthropocene refers to an unofficial period of time, often starting in the Industrial Revolution and continuing today, in which human activity has had a significant or dominant influence on the environment.

The series of eight, hour-long lectures started on February 14. The series delivered in two parts — the first highlights the destructive force of the Anthropocene. The second set of lectures delves into solutions. 

Recordings are available shortly after each session.

Organizers plan to repeat the series annually as new concerns and solutions arise. They will also create a nutrition symposium to highlight the need for dietary change as a way to avoid planetary destruction and species loss.

Sessions in Sustainable Food Systems at the Science, Technology and Society (STS) Conference Graz (2023 May 8-10)

The 21st Annual STS Conference Graz 2023 „Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies“ is organised by Science Technology and Society Unit of the Institute of Interactive Systems and Data Science of Graz University of Technology. There is a track with sessions in Sustainable Food Systems including – F.1 Microbes in, for, around Food Systems – F.2 From the edge to the core: participatory food environment research in European cities – F.3 Food Justice in Alternative Food Networks: theoretical, empirical and transdisciplinary perspectives – F.4 (M)eating the future: technologies, materialities, and politics of food – F.5 How can universities support the transition to sustainable food systems?