It’s no secret that the way we produce food contributes to many global problems, but it can also serve as a powerful solution. On November 7, food systems experts at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) Nourish Scotland Pavilion discussed how healthy and sustainable diets can drive positive outcomes for public health, local food systems, food workers, and biodiversity.
“Food is one of those things that brings every single person together. There are few other things that connect us more than food does,” says Brent Loken WWF Global Food Lead Scientist.
Everyone wants to talk about food, but it’s also not talked about enough, according to Loken—for example, food’s role in biodiversity loss, climate change, and ill health. While global forums have recently put a heavier focus on important topics like regenerative agriculture and food waste, healthy and sustainable diets are often left off the table.
“Food is both personal and political, and we need to elevate the political part,” says Food Tank President Danielle Nierenberg.