About Climate-friendly Food Systems and Diets

Whether it’s widespread plastic packaging, high levels of food waste or diets high in meat, our food systems are incompatible with a 1.5 degree future. The farming sector alone accounts for approximately one-third of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

To reform our food system and boost global health we must tackle food production, distribution and consumption, as well as metrics, policies and habits. We need to work with people and places and at the level of global value chains. This Deep Demonstration aims to catalyse a shift towards a sustainable, healthy food system that can feed future generations within planetary boundaries. We are looking to work with challenge owners to address four areas of change within the food system: primary production; food and feed processing and food supply chains; retail and consumer behaviour; and policy and public procurement.

Early partners include a dairy company in Denmark (Thise Mejeri) and the Nordic Council of Ministers; current challenge owners working on food systems are the Government of Ireland. 

Find out more about our work in the stories below. If you are interested in becoming a challenge owner, partner or funder, contact us at communitydesk@climate-kic.org

Stories
EIT Climate-KIC | 26 January 2022 Cookbook for systems change: Nordic innovation strategies for sustainable food systems

The “Cookbook for systems change: Nordic innovation strategies for sustainable food systems” offers methodologies, templates and case studies—or recipes—to help regional and national European governments transform food systems, and features EIT Climate-KIC’s Deep Demonstration concept which draws upon a decade’s worth of work on climate change mitigation and adaptation, community and innovation ecosystem development, and systems change.

Cookbook for systems change: Nordic innovation strategies for sustainable food systems
EIT Climate-KIC | 29 October 2020 From a multi-stakeholder approach to satellite monitoring, Carbon Farming is innovating land use

Carbon Farming is a pioneering landscape project, supported by EIT Climate-KIC, which uses a systemic approach to increase soil carbon sequestration (SCS), while also considering the needs of multiple stakeholders and partners, as well as local context.

From a multi-stakeholder approach to satellite monitoring, Carbon Farming is innovating land use
17 June 2020 EIT Climate-KIC excels at GLF Bonn Digital Conference, 2020's largest global digital conference on the environment

EIT Climate-KIC’s Director of Sustainable Land Use and member of the Landscapes as Carbon Sinks Deep Demonstration, Daniel Zimmer, as well as Designer and Producer – Innovation and Engagement, and member of the Deep Demonstration of Resilient Food Systems and Diets, Pernille Martiny Modvig, shared their expertise on landscapes and food systems at the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) Bonn Digital Conference.

EIT Climate-KIC excels at GLF Bonn Digital Conference, 2020's largest global digital conference on the environment
Marta Esteve | EIT Climate-KIC | May 2020 The radical transformation of the global food system

Global food production threatens climate stability and ecosystem resilience. It is the major driver of environmental degradation and breaching of planetary boundaries. Overall, the consequences are serious. A radical transformation of the global food system is urgently needed.

The radical transformation of the global food system
Marta Esteve | EIT Climate-KIC | 2019 Jorge Fonseca (FAO): “The consumer has the power to change the unsustainability of the food system”

Jorge Fonseca is Programme Adviser of Food Systems Strategic Programme at Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). He’s an expert in food science and technology, packaging science, horticulture, agronomy, business administration, marketing and food governance and society. He has authored over 150 scientific and technical publications that address different aspects of food systems, particularly targeting issues of interest for the agri-food industries with one publication receiving a US national press award.

Jorge Fonseca (FAO): “The consumer has the power to change the unsustainability of the food system”