Month: June 2015

Global Food System: an unsustainable cycle

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Everywhere around us there are ever growing global economic, political and environmental crises, which are pushing our planetary boundaries. One of the best examples of how these crises are reflected in our daily lives is through our global food system; which is unsustainable, unfair and inadequate to fullfil the basic needs of food and nutrition security. The right to food is enshrined in international law and as such a legal obligation of all states to fullfil. Within this framework, 2015 is a milestone year, established back in 2013 by the European Commission as the European Year for Development, which not only marks the end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but also the start of the Post-2015 era which has stronger focus on sustainable development. This decision reflects in great extent the EU citizen’s responses as seen in the EU Barometer (2013).

Given the significance of the year, it is time that we, all citizens, and especially young people take a more active role in protecting our world, for us but more importantly for the generations to come. This is not as complicated as it may sound! Simple individual or collective actions can have a great impact in our life but also the lives of so many others across the globe. Making informed choices about the food products we are purchasing and consuming, we can have a positive change on the current global food system and the issues surrounding it.

Have we ever considered who works at the cocoa plantations and under what conditions, so that we can enjoy a chocolate bar? Have we thought about the process that it takes for vegetables to reach our table? How far did they travel? What chemicals were used during the cultivation period? Or maybe how many tons of food goes to waste, when other people live in extreme poverty?

Maybe this is not information that is easy to find, but it is our common duty as citizens of this world to acknowledge the fact that our world is highly interconnected, and realize that our actions and beliefs, whether conscious or unconscious, are no-longer limited to affecting only our personal or local environment; rather they have a collective impact on all lives across the globe.

As an organization with strong belief in the values such as; human rights, equity and justice, peace and sustainable development, we are currently implementing two projects namely; Map Your Meal and Supply Cha!nge, which are complementary to each other. Aiming at addressing the ever-increasing global challenges and interdependencies around the global food system holistically, citizens’ active engagement is vital. Tracing the origins of our food, recognizing the issues around the production and consumption patterns, reflecting on our own role within a global society, making more informed and sustainable choices and demanding more accountability on a societal and policy level when it comes to food production, and consumption patterns; trade policies and fluctuation of prices; we can add a small but substantial milestone towards the overall improvement and sustainability of the food system, but more importantly to the wellbeing of our planet, and that of our own.

The projects mentioned are co-funded by the European Union. To find out more, visit http://www.FutureWorldsCenter.org or on our FB and Twitter pages.

You can find the greek version of the article on http://www.onlycy.com/articles/arthrografia/1879-pagkosmio-systima-trofimon-enas-mi-viosimos-kyklos

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Show us your vision of a fairer and greener food – Participate in the FOOD Vision Photo Contest!

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kamera_smallWe all have our favourite dishes, we all love tasty food!

Our supermarkets offer a huge variety of all kinds of store brand products at ever lower prices. The downside of this consumer’s paradise? People in developing countries and in Europe who grow or process our food often struggle to make a living. The way many products are grown or produced damages our environment. It is time to make our food more sustainable! But how?

While our campaign is asking retailers to implement changes in their supply chains, with our photo competition we are asking consumers to share their vision of a better world and a more sustainable retailer industry.

Find out more about our FOOD VISION Photo Contest and take part by submitting on of your own pictures here.

 

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