EuroHealthNet and co-signatories of this Joint Statement urgently call on European leaders to take action in enabling healthier and more sustainable food systems. We emphasise the interconnectedness of food, health, and the well-being of our planet and acknowledge that our modern diet is causing health issues such as overnutrition, malnutrition, and obesity. Our current food production methods are also harming the environment.
In order to establish a food system that is both healthier and more sustainable, we need to change our approach to food production and provide incentives for farmers. We highlight two key policies: the Budapest Declaration and the European Green Deal, both of which serve as a stark reminder of the importance of addressing climate change in promoting equitable and environmentally-conscious food systems.
The European Public Health conference is calling on European leaders to adopt a holistic perspective, pass legislation that promotes sustainability, increase education and awareness, and encourage collaboration between different sectors. We have a unique opportunity to create a food landscape that benefits both humanity and the planet.