The connection between global challenges and food
Ljubljana, Slovenia, 7. 10. 2022
A sustainable attitude
towards food and food systems is not something intangible, in fact the
consequences can be felt in our daily lives. A sustainable attitude towards
food is the foundation that can make our future better.
In recent years, the world has seen enormous changes
and events that shifted the way we live. From
the catastrophic consequences of climate change, conflicts between nations, the
imbalance between those who create and those who consume, the consequences of
the COVID-19 pandemic, not least to the consequences of war
hotspots all over the world, especially the war in Ukraine.
require a collective response from nations around the world, which can be done
by politicians and leaders, but it is individuals who can create the
preconditions for change. And it all starts with the
decisions we make in our everyday lives.
The attitude towards food and food systems needs to be placed in a dialogue.
quickly make it to the headlines and to the forefront of debates and discussions, but all too often it happens
that food is left out. Why is that? Food and food systems are the areas
that are strongly impacted by these events. The climate change
affects also the production of food, and the energy crisis, which
resulted from the war, affect its price and availability. Since
natural gas is used for cooking, heating, and fertilizing, the
energy crisis also affects the price of fertilizers and, consequently, food
The insecure food supply is
the result of global events as well as our basic attitude towards food, which we take for granted. Also, we do not think about it holistically, we do not respect food producers enough, and many people even no
longer question its irrational consumption.
A sustainable attitude towards food is our value.
Only with a responsible approach can we align our habits with our
values. If we live sustainably, we can take care of both the environment and
Sustainable attitude towards food means that we respect food, that we balance
production and consumption, and that we choose locally
produced food. By respecting local growers and producers buying local and seasonal
ingredients, we can support the environment and reduce our carbon footprint,
while still creating diverse and unique meals.
Creativity can open up many possibilities when preparing food. Why not
use the food that was left for an afternoon snack or a side dish for your next lunch?
Consuming less and being consistent in using food to its fullest is the most
sustainable decision we can make.
fact is that there is no future without food. Food is a daily human need that
unites us. Not only because we all need it, but because the love for growing
and preparing food connects us.
slogan of the European Food Summit 2022 says that “It is time to bring more
to the table” and adapt food systems to create a better (food) future.
Let's take advantage of the endless opportunities for more healthy, more local,
and more nutritious food, let’s put in more of ourselves and more of our
invite you to join us at the central event of the European Food Summit 2022, an
all-day Symposium where we will talk about sustainable food systems and current
topics in gastronomy. Join us on Monday, November 7, at the Ljubljana
Castle. The topics covered will include biodiversity, the future of
proteins, food security, and behavior changes in our attitude toward food being
served to us.
It is time to listen to the world's top chefs, scientists, experts in various fields, writers and
journalists, and other influential individuals, who will share their views, visions,
and ideas on cultural appropriation, the identity of restaurants, the truth
about wine, and about many other intriguing topics. Get ready for a dose of