Did you know that…?
Poor nutrition is linked to 70% of the deaths caused by chronic non–communicable diseases
The agrifood system is responsible for between 21% and 37% of global greenhouse gas emissions
Over 68% of Barcelona residents are willing to buy organic and local food in order to help deal with the climate emergency
The COVID-19, among many other things, has shone a spotlight on the vulnerabilities of food systems on three fronts. First, industrial agriculture and cattle farming is driving habitat loss for other species and is creating the conditions for viruses to emerge and spread. Second, this crisis has tested the resilience of global food supply chains and revealing underlying vulnerabilities. Thirdly, among the effects of the global economic crisis that is already beginning to unfold, there might be a significant increase of vulnerable groups and food poverty, targeting notably women and girls. Therefore, putting sustainable food at the center of the political agenda is vital to improve our resilience and provide appropriate, rapid, just and effective responses to future emergencies, such as those related to the climate emergency.
Year of sustainable food
Throughout 2021, in addition to hosting the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact Annual Gathering and Mayors' Summit:
- We will also be hosting and supporting a series of events and initiatives that are based on sustainable food, both in the city and in the Metropolitan Area.
- We will be implementing food policies and projects that will make Barcelona a world leader in this area.
- We will develop a food policy strategy that looks towards 2030.
Pact of Milan
Created in October 2015 and signed by over 209 cities from around the world to date, the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, or Milan Pact, is a voluntary agreement signed by cities that are committed to developing sustainable agrifood systems that are inclusive, resilient, safe and diversified, that ensure healthy food that is accessible to everyone, and that minimise food waste and conserve biodiversity, while also adapting to and mitigating the impacts of the climate crisis.