In a new international digital event, organized by Barilla Food and Nutrition Foundation (BCFN), representatives of agriculture and food industry and academicians brought together. In the webinar titled “After COVID-19: Time to Correct the Global Food System”, the effects of coronavirus epidemic on agriculture and food industry and ways of correcting the global food system that are getting more sensitive due to the increasing demand were discussed. The proposal, “10 steps from farm to table”, which will make a more sustainable life possible for our future, was shared with the participants for the first time.
Experts at the international webinar titled “After COVID-19: Time to Correct the Global Food System”, explained to what extent the epidemic affected the food industry.
Marta Antonelli, BCFN Head of Research Department, Professor of Tuscia University and RUDN Moscow University Riccardo Valentini, Professor of Naples Federico II University Gabriele Riccardi, Head of Food Tank Danielle Nierenberg, General Coordinator of Africa Food Sovereignty Alliance Million Belay, General Manager of Climate Policy Initiative Barbara Buchner, University of Miami Professor Camillo Ricordi and John Hopkins University Professor Stefano Zamagni joined the webinar as speakers.
“Social isolation increases food losses”
Sharing details about the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the food industry, BCFN Research Department Head Marta Antonelli said, “While producers continue their activities by taking protective measures, there have been problems in the food supply chain due to the decrease in the seasonal workforce. While large changes in food prices greatly affected low-income countries and countries dependent on food imports, a decline was observed in the capital of small landowner farmers. In addition, there was an increase in food loss due to social isolation and logistic disruptions. When the effect of the virus on the demand chain was evaluated, the increase in the food price had a negative effect on the access of the low-income families to the food. Processed food consumption has increased gradually due to the difficulty of accessing nutritious and healthy food such as fruits and vegetables and food stocking has triggered waste.”
“We need to go changes in our living style”
Emphasizing the importance of people rediscovering the food, nutrition and health approach during the epidemic process, Marta Antonelli added, “We need to make changes in our lifestyle and preferences.”
10 steps from field to table for our future…
In the webinar, which underlined that it was time to act to fix the food system, the proposal document “10 Steps from Farm to Table” was shared with the participants. 10 sustainable steps from field to table in the document are stated as follows;
- Improving nutrition and food standards and creating a more advanced terminology,
- Improvement of measurement systems,
- Encouraging businesses to care about sustainability and health issues,
- Digitalization of agriculture and food systems,
- Determination of real food costs,
- Seed safety, diversity and improvement of soil renewal activities,
- Encouraging all actors in the sector to act,
- To increase the trainings and awareness raising activities on sustainable food and nutrition,
- Enabling sustainable and healthy nutrition models and encouraging people,
- The development of global resilience.
For more details about the webinar and the document submitted, visit www.barillacfn.com.