The Advisory Council for Sustainable Development (CADS) has launched its Eating future report on food security in Catalonia. The report takes into account the existing global and European context and identifies the challenges that the Catalan food system has to address to ensure that all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient safe and nutritious food. In line with the 2030 Agenda, the council states that nobody can be left behind and therefore measures to ensure universal access to food are fundamental.
In the report, CADS makes strategic recommendations to maintain the food production capacity of Catalonia, strengthen the competitiveness of its agriculture and preserve the arable land (specially the most fertile one). Furthermore, the report includes some proposals in order to increase the resilience of the Catalan food system to climate change and other systemic challenges. Finally, the report recommends the adoption of environmentally sound practices and more efficient use of resources (energy, water, nutrients) to keep the food system within the safe operating space.
Moreover, the report suggests that a comprehensive strategy is necessary to achieve a more sustainable food system. This strategy should be a common framework for a broad spectrum of public policies including, among others, land use planning, education, health, and the environment, as well as economic and social equity policies.
The report, approved on 22 March 2018, will be delivered to the Catalan Government as an additional input to a future Food National Agreement. The English version of the full report and the executive summary will be available as of May 2018 at CADS website: http://cads.gencat.cat