EAT Food Forum 2015

“2015 is a window of global opportunity”

Published June 1, 2015

EAT founder and leader Dr. Gunhild Stordalen opened the EAT Stockholm Food Forum by calling for collective health, climate and environmental action in 2015. WATCH VIDEO

“2015 is a window of global opportunity we cannot let pass by. 2015 is the year the UN defines its new sustainable development goals. 2015 is the year leaders meet in Paris to agree on a binding CO2-emission target. And, 2015 might be the year several of our ecosystems reach their tipping points,” she said.

In reference to her battle with illness, Dr. Stordalen stated that her time perspective had changed.

“Let’s figure out how we, in the coming one-year period, can create opportunities for a lifetime.”

Dr. Stordalen called for further transformation from talk to action and expressed optimism in achieving these goals.

“I know that one day, we will have complete knowledge of the complex interactions between food, health and the environment. We will have integrated guidelines for healthy diets from sustainable food systems. We will have global and local policies – with effective incentives to ensure public adherence to these guidelines.”

She went on to address the existing gap between theory and practice.

“At the end of the day, knowledge alone is not sufficient to change
current dietary patterns and food production practices. We must challenge existing business models all along the value chain.”

She followed up by urging for immediate action.

“It is not a question of if – but when. With the steady progress we see across the world, I’m confident it will be soon. With the remaining challenges we still face, let’s make sure – it’s soon enough.”

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