Sustainable future for urban food policy


The Vice Mayor of Milan Anna Scavuzzo in charge of food policy announce the launch of the FOODTRAILS project on Friday, October 16, on World Food Day: “With food policies, cities are improving their public services, from school canteens where we developed more attention to healthy and sustainable diets, to reducing food waste by gathering economic and social actors.”

FOODTRAILS project is a part of the EU’s Horizon2020 program that will lead to the creation of a network of similar pilot projects across Europe, including “Living Labs” in each city enabling change in our food systems.

The aim is to meet the requirements of citizens and the environment for safe, healthy, and affordable food, and to make food and feed processing, distribution, and consumption more sustainable and the food sector more competitive while also considering the cultural component of food quality. The activities shall focus on healthy and safe food for all, informed consumer choices, dietary solutions and innovations for improved health, and competitive food processing methods that use fewer resources and additives and produce fewer by-products, waste, and greenhouse gases.

Cities are more attentive to food policy and the farm-to-fork process, where global events such as the COVID-19 pandemic and global warming are revealing the vulnerability of our food system.

The Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP) has been the leading community in urban food policy knowledge sharing since 2015. Now, the City of Milan will lead a consortium to scale-up the transformation of food systems with the FOODTRAILS project.

FOODTRAILS, a four-year and €12 million worth project led by the City of Milan, brings together a consortium of 19 partners (including 11 EU cities, 3 universities, and 5 prominent food system stakeholders), which will be followed by another 21 worldwide cities, to translate the MUFPP’s shared vision and collective commitment to integrated urban food policies into measurable and long-term progress towards sustainable food systems.

The goal is to make the farm-to-fork journey sustainable and to empower communities, promote a zero-waste use of resources, promote environmentally friendly behavior change, and ensure people have healthy and secure diets. These goals tie into the European Union’s FOOD2030.

FOODTRAILS partner cities:

  • Milan (Italy)
  • Bergamo (Italy)
  • Bordeaux (France)
  • Grenoble (France)
  • Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Funchal (Portugal)
  • Groningen (Netherlands)
  • Thessaloniki (Greece)
  • Warsaw (Poland)
  • Birmingham (United Kingdom)
  • Tirana (Albania)

FOODTRAILS will also bring economic benefits for these cities, including jobs linked to the pilot projects. Reports on the financial instruments in city food innovation ecosystems will ensure the economic sustainability of the projects over time, and the pilot actions will identify any regulatory or administrative barriers that exist to market-based innovation in food systems.

source: CORDIS