28 July 2021, 8:00 – 8:50 am CEST
As part of the Pre-UN Food Systems Summit, WBCSD will (co-)host a series of sessions to mobilize private sector solutions and actions.
Food processing is an essential element of food systems around the world. It provides people access to safe and nutritious food and it is a key tool for curbing food loss and waste, increasing food affordability, diversifying diets, and scaling up sustainable production practices. Processing helps build resilience into complex food systems and continued advances in processing technologies will help us nourish our growing and increasingly urbanized global population.
This dialogue will explore how food processing and processed food contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) well as the objectives of the United Nations Food Systems Summit, including helping to:
- Ensure access to safe and nutritious foods for all;
- Promote shifts to sustainable consumption patterns and reduce food waste;
- Boost nature-positive production practices;
- Support equitable livelihoods; and,
- Build resilience to vulnerabilities, shocks, and stress across food systems.
We will discuss the changes that are needed in diets to improve public health outcomes and examine how the food industry can help support the transition to healthier, more sustainable, and more equitable food systems. Following this dialogue, members of the food industry will publish a discussion paper on this topic.