22 Oct 2020

Resetting the Food System from Farm to Fork – Setting the Stage for the UN 2021 Food Systems Summit

What: The unprecedented shock of Covid-19 has left the global food system fractured. Millions more of the world’s vulnerable face new levels of hunger and poverty, while food producers, businesses and restaurants are rebuilding and adapting to the new food landscape. All the while, the climate emergency continues to threaten the natural resources, which provide the building blocks for healthy, sustainable lives.

As a tumultuous year draws to a close and the world looks forward to the UN 2021 Food Systems Summit, leading agriculture, food and nutrition experts, policymakers, private sector actors, NGOs and civil society will discuss the opportunity to reset the food system in a milestone conference, hosted by the Barilla Foundation and Food Tank. 

During this virtual event, entitled “Resetting the Food System from Farm to Fork - Setting the Stage for UN 2021 Food Systems Summit”, a program of distinguished speakers will explore how to re-align food systems with human needs and planetary boundaries to become more resilient, more inclusive and more sustainable in the aftermath of the pandemic and beyond. The event is due to include: 

• High level opening address TBC

• Welcome remarks from Guido Barilla, CEO of Barilla and Chairman of the Barilla Foundation.

• Opening keynote by José Andrés, Chef and Founder, World Central Kitchen with Danielle Nierenberg, President of Food Tank.

• Panels and expert speakers on:            
- the role of farmers in feeding the world;
- the transition of European agriculture;
- the new food economy;
- the future of food business;
- food and the intersection of technology;
- the health aspects of food; and
- building a new and sustainable food system.

• World-renowned chefs discussing the experience of dining and eating post-Covid.

When: Tuesday, December 1, 8am-12pm EST/2pm-6pm CET

Where: The event will be held virtually and registration is open from Thursday, October 22 here: http://bit.ly/ResettingFoodSystem

Who: Notable speakers participating in the event include:
A. C. Gallo, President, Whole Foods
• Dan Barber, Chef and Co-owner, Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Danny Meyer, Founder and CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group
Emily Ma, Lead, Food Systems, X (the moonshot factory), Alphabet (Google's parent company)
Janusz Wojciechowski, European Commissioner for Agriculture
Jeffrey Sachs, Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University, and Director, U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network
Leah Penniman, Co-Founder, Soul Fire Farm, and author, Farming While Black
Dr. Mark Hyman, American physician and New York Times best-selling author
Massimo Bottura, Chef and Owner, Osteria Francescana
Sara Bleich, Professor of Public Health Policy at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management

Panel sessions will be moderated by leading journalists from international media including the BBC, Forbes, NowThis, the Guardian, the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Why: The demands on global food systems are growing exponentially. Over the next 20 years, food systems will need to feed 10 billion people all while protecting natural resources and ecosystems for future generations. As things stand, the world is dangerously off track, with the Covid-19 pandemic representing a further, devastating setback. 

Yet there is still hope. With 10 years to go to end hunger, poverty and inequality, food systems underpin all 17 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. By leveraging the links between how we produce, buy, sell and eat food, it is possible to support healthier, more prosperous and fulfilling lives.

Against this context, Resetting the Food System from Farm to Fork will look at the critical role of farmers in feeding the world and managing natural resources, food business in progressing towards the 2030 Agenda, and chefs in re-designing food experiences. The prospects of technology and innovation, the role of food as medicine and the most recent policy developments, including the EU Farm to Fork strategy, will also be discussed. The result will be a series of recommendations submitted to the UN Food Systems Summit to lay the foundations for resetting the food system.

For more information or for interview requests, please contact:
Donna Bowater | Marchmont Communications
donna@marchmontcomms.com | +44 7929 212 534

Anna Pujol-Mazzini | Marchmont Communications
anna@marchmontcomms.com | +33 7 54 37 32 87


Resetting the Food System from Farm to Fork is a global event to promote healthy and sustainable food systems as well as people’s choices, towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Organised under the shared vision of the Barilla Foundation, an independent multi-disciplinary research Center, which contributes to driving the transition towards healthy and sustainable food systems, and Food Tank, the leading US think tank for food, the event provides a platform where highly reputed experts, institutions, academia and youth tackling agri-food issues come together. By sharing an exclusive experience of dialogue and networking, the global community can help reset the food system before 2030. Bringing together governments, private sector, civil society organizations, research and science, the event will host a series of panels throughout the day to support the sharing of experiences and good practices, from a global to a local perspective.

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