Debating about food

Did you know that it takes 4,000 litres of water to produce a simple steak? And 3,000 litres for a kilogram of rice? Of course you also know that apples are flown in from the other side of the world. In short, a large part of our daily food is possibly not as sustainable as it seems. That’s why we’re joining the debate and, with a lot of other people, asking, ‘What is the food of the future?’

Public debate

The name of the project actually says it all. ‘Wanted: Food for the Future’ is all about sustainable foods with a low environmental impact. Its aim is to kick-start the debate by getting scientists, business people, governments, citizen-consumers and social organisations around the table. Not just to eat, but also to discuss and exchange information. The central question? How can we continue to feed the growing world population sustainably?

Today’s young people are important. As they’ll be the ones filling their trolleys in our shops in 10 years’ time. For example, on February 16th 2017, together with Vredeseilanden (Rikolto), KU Leuven (the Catholic University of Leuven) and the province of Flemish Brabant, we organised a workshop for children. Approximately 70 fifth and sixth year pupils got together to think about sustainable food and the food of the future. That too is, literally, food for our food debate.

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Project with 4 partners

Of course, we don’t do all this on our own. Our partners, the province of Flemish Brabant, Vredeseilanden (Rikolto) and KU Leuven (the Catholic University of Leuven) add their own expertise to the debate. At the same time, we set up three sustainable food chains in the South: quinoa from Peru, seaweed from Indonesia and legumes from Tanzania. These product are not only tasty and nutritious, they also have a low environmental impact. Thanks to chain projects, local farmers also get new opportunities. And with the experience that we gain there, we can shape the debate further.

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With this initiative, we contribute to the following Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

Zero hunger Responsible consumption & production Climate action Partnerships for the goals