Spotlight on City Region Food Systems at London event
ICLEI Deputy Secretary General Monika Zimmerman recently spoke at The Royal Society in London on “Reframing food systems challenges in a rapidly urbanising world”. The panel was part of an event entitled “Urbanisation and Food Systems – The role of City Region Food Systems in Resilience and Sustainable Development”, which took place on Wednesday 4th February 2015 and featured an address from the Prince of Wales.
This event forms part of a wider project to study and promote City Region Food Systems. These systems are based on a holistic approach to food, focusing not just on agriculture but on the entire food cycle. At the upcoming ICLEI World Congress 2015 in April, CITYFOOD, an open network for local and regional governments, will be launched, in collaboration with the Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security (RUAF).
ICLEI works with its network of cities on producing, processing and consuming food in a sustainable fashion. ICLEI Member Helsinki, for example, launched the “Responsible Meal 2012-15” project in 2010, which aimed to raise awareness of the climate impact of food among Helsinki’s food service customers, stakeholders and personnel.