Norwegian Government ramping up actions for healthy AND sustainable food!

Published March 9, 2017

Four ministers at the table. Vidar Helgesen - Minister of Climate and the Environment, Jon Georg Dale - Minister of Agriculture, Per Sandberg - Norwegian Minister of Fisheries, Gunhild A. Stordalen, President & Founder of EAT Foundation and Bent Høie - Minister of Health and Care Services. Photo: Tommy Ellingsen

Yesterday, the Norwegian Government officially started to walk the talk; for the first time, the ministers for Health, Food and Agriculture, Fisheries, and Climate and Environment gathered together at the “Måltidsglede” conference in Stavanger to talk about actions for better eating.

During the lunch break, EAT’s Founder and President, Dr. Gunhild A. Stordalen, had the honor of treating them to a healthy and sustainable meal – cooked by some of the best chefs in the country – within the budget of an average public nursing home. 

How did we end up here? It started at last year’s conference, where three of the ministers were present. As one of the speakers, Gunhild remarked from the stage that although it was great to see these ministers talking about better eating, we were missing a crucial person to solve food-related challenges; the Minister for Climate and Environment. She promised that if he and the three others attended this year, EAT would invite them to a healthy and sustainable meal to celebrate.  

A healthy and sustainable lunch – cooked by some of the best chefs in Norway – within the budget of an average public nursing home. Photo: Tommy Ellingsen

And guess what? Yesterday, our dream came through! All four ministers showed up, with more than great words and big ambitions. Indeed, they presented an integrated Action Plan for Healthy and Sustainable Eating, linking food consumption to public health and environmental targets, in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

I am proud to be Norwegian right now, says Gunhild, and we are eager to see how the Government will take this forward.

Addressing what we eat is a first, important step towards a fully integrated Norwegian food strategy, where food CONSUMPTION is matched by PRODUCTION, import and export policies. A long way to go, of course – from an action PLAN to REAL action – but the only way to GO big, is to start THINKING big – and to spell it out loudly!

Thanks to the ministers and the government and a special thanks to the culinary superheroes at Renaa.

Watch the full conference here

A special thanks to the culinary superheroes at Renaa. Photo: Tommy Ellingsen