C40 and EAT partner to tackle urban food challenges and address impacts of climate change

Published June 13, 2016

Mark Watts, Executive Director of C40 Cities Climate Leadership

The new C40 Food Systems Network was launched on the first day of the EAT Stockholm Food Forum (June 13th). EAT is partnering with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group to help cities find solutions and develop new policies to tackle food systems challenges.

“We are thrilled to launch the new C40 Food Systems Network with our partners at EAT, and with the commitment of so many of our mayors to work together on these critical issues of food procurement, production, distribution and waste; through collaboration and local action,” says Executive Director of C40 Mark Watts.

«Mayors have a great opportunity to transform food systems for the long-term benefit of urban citizens and the world's climate.» Mark Watts

EAT CEO Jonathan Farnell commented on the exciting partnership with C40 in this important field, “Currently over half the world’s population lives in urban areas, and this will increase to 70 per cent by 2050. Cities are also where the future happens first. Many cities are taking more ambitious approaches to health and environmental sustainability than national policies require.”

By 2045, the number of people living in cities is predicted to pass six billion. At the same time, food production and distribution accounts for 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, making sustainable urban food production and distribution one of the growing issues of tomorrow.

Furthermore the health implications of urban food challenges are profound. Sedentary lifestyles and overconsumption of unhealthy foods can lead to obesity, while insufficient access to nutritious foods causes undernutrition with impacts across generations.

The C40 Food Systems Network will build on the knowledge that already exists within cities and will encourage worldwide cooperation in the field of sustainable food system development. Over 20 C40 cities from all over the globe have expressed interest to be part of the network. The C40 Food Systems Network will work with cities to create and implement comprehensive solutions that reduce carbon emissions and increases resilience in the different phases of urban food systems.

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About C40

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group connects more than 80 of the world’s greatest cities, representing 600+ million people and one quarter of the global economy. Created and led by cities, C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, wellbeing and economic opportunities of urban citizens. To learn more about the work of C40 and our cities, please visit www.c40.org.