At the FOOD2030 conference in Plovdiv, Bulgaria on 14-15th June, a first presentation was made of the findings of the FOOD2030 Independent Expert Group. In their report ‘Recipe for change: An agenda for a climate-smart and sustainable food system for a healthy Europe’ the Expert Group defines focus areas and gives concrete recommendations to all the stakeholders in the food system. This includes a mission in the next framework programme on healthy diets to drastically reduce the incidence of non-communicable diseases.

Using food systems thinking, the Expert Group has integrated the four priorities of FOOD2030 (nutrition, climate smart, circularity and innovation) to develop a mission type approach as suggested by Marina Mazzucato report. They propose to break the grand challenge of ‘a climate-smart, sustainable food system for a healthy Europe’ down into three missions:

  • Improve dietary patterns and lifestyles for a 50% reduction in the incidence of non-communicable diseases in 2030, while reducing the environmental impact of food consumption. 
  • Create a resource-smart food system with 50% lower greenhouse-gas emissions by 2030.
  • Realise trust and inclusive governance for a resilient and safe food system.
The Expert Group also specifically advises Member States to support the EU approach by making their own R&I programmes mission-driven, and taking on the grand challenge and three mission advocated in the report. In order to implement a systems approach to R&I policy and governance on these missions, it is important that ministries and authorities work jointly accross departments.