Skip to main content

ReThinking Food - The Challenge

ReThinking Food - The Challenge

Our food practices and supply chains are driving ecosystem breakdown. We must urgently transform how we eat. However, doing so is not straightforward, because what and how we eat helps to make us who we are.

The 2019 EAT Lancet report tells us that food is the single strongest lever to optimise human health and environmental sustainability on Earth. The human food system impacts all 17 of the UN's Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) and all nine planetary boundaries that we need to stay within if we are to flourish; at present, it is damaging both people and planet. Find links below, to learn more about these challenges.

Reports such as EAT Lancet are written to have broad relevance. However, food practices can change dramatically, depending on who you are, and where you are eating. They are are situated in the body, in family, social groups, culture and tradition, and are impacted by local conditions. For this reason, food system transformation must be systemic; but also relevant to situated, everyday practice; coherent with available possibilities; and able to fulfil deep-seated sociocultural, as well as nutritional needs.

In the WWF and Knorr's Future 50 Foods report, world-leading food and sustainability researchers identify fifty foods with positive social, environmental, and economic impact. These foods are chosen for their high nutritious level and their ability to foster planetary biodiversity and renewal. The report is a global report. Not all of the foods are available everywhere, and many are unfamiliar to Danish households. It can, therefore, be difficult to incorporate these ingredients into our daily cooking and eating habits.

ReThinking Food seeks to understand:

  • How can we come together as communities, empower ourselves to engage with
    international sustainability agendas, and make transformational change in the ways that we
    eat?

Useful Links:
How food connects all the SDGs (Video)
Connecting the SDGs and the planetary boundaries for a prosperous and sustainable world (Video)
The 2019 EAT Lancet Report
WWF & Knorr's Future 50 Foods Report