The Food Systems Network supports city efforts to create and implement comprehensive solutions that reduce carbon emissions and increase resilience throughout the urban food system.
Food production accounts for 11% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, rising to 30% when food distribution and land use are included. Cities have strong authority over many aspects of urban food systems. The Network, in partnership with the EAT Initiative, will help participating cities achieve solutions to their most pressing challenges that result in carbon reductions, enhanced climate resilience and greater health equity and sustainability.
Food Systems Network Focus Areas
The Food Systems Network works with cities to progress their priorities in the following areas:
Food procurement - using city procurement for schools’ canteens, hospitals, elderly homes, civic buildings etc. to foster more sustainable and healthy diets with local, seasonal and fresh food.
Food production - promoting urban agriculture to decrease food miles, mitigate urban heat island effect, reduce building energy demand (through roof and wall gardens), and support local producers.
Food distribution - supporting sustainable food transportation and logistics planning to develop or strengthen a safe and energy efficient municipal public market system, including wholesale markets.
Food waste - raising awareness of and addressing food loss and waste, including by facilitating recovery and redistribution for people in need (food banks) or animal feeding and implementing collection for composting