Presentation of Sustainable Food Citizen Week
Sustainable Food Citizen Week provides an opportunity to understand the relationship between food habits and cross-cutting aspects such as the climate emergency, local economic development, culture, politics, social rights and health. A week dedicated to citizens, in which knowledge, reflection and debate about food systems and sustainability combine with art, entertainment and experimentation.
In 2021, Barcelona is the World Capital of Sustainable Food. This represents a unique opportunity to consolidate projects to transform food systems into healthier, fairer and more sustainable and resilient models, on which work has been ongoing for years and to give these efforts some fresh impetus looking beyond 2021.
However, sustainable food cannot become a new pillar for city management without the involvement of citizens.
Over the course of Sustainable Food Citizen Week, from 14 to 24 October 2021, the city will project a transformational and disruptive vision with cultural, artistic, leisure, information and participatory activities. The aim is to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable food and encourage reflection and debate about the processes and factors involved in the food cycle. This is because personal health, the sustainability of communities and territories and the sustainability of life on Earth are all at play.
Eating is a primary need for everybody. It is an action that connects us all. Every day, we purchase food, cook it and eat it; however, do we ever consider where the food we eat comes from or how it has been produced or transported? How many times have you asked yourself whether what you eat is in season? Are you aware of the cycles of the food you eat? Are you aware of the social, environment and health impacts of the way we consume food? The way we consume food and the decisions we make to this end can be the drivers for environmental, social and economic change in addition to helping us take care of our city.
Food sustainability must be general and accessible to actually make it sustainable. To this end, during Sustainable Food Citizen Week tools and resources are available, in addition to local agents, groups and initiatives dedicated to sustainable food in a recreational, fun and creative environment. Learning to be more aware and sustainable in our daily food habits, while eating and enjoying at the same time.
Sustainable Food Week is a project organised by Barcelona City Council through the Commission for Social Economy, Local Development and Food Policy and the Barcelona Metropolitan Strategic Plan.