Dialog & Debatte
Consumers attitudes to innovative foods
02. Dezember 2020 — 14:00 Uhr
02. Dezember 2020 — 15:30 Uhr
Co-hosted by high-profile partners, this series of short webinars explores different aspects of Europe’s food system following the publication of our evidence review report, A sustainable food system for the European Union and the associated scientific opinion of the European Commission’s Chief Scientific Advisors.
SAPEA’s comprehensive review of the evidence on Europe’s food system finds that it is not enough simply to increase productivity in a sustainable way. We also need to change from linear mass consumption to a more circular economy — which will mean changing our norms, habits and routines.
We are launching a series of webinars discussing how to shift to a more sustainable food system. While each of the webinars will focus on a different topic, all of them will take our recent report A sustainable food system for the EU and the associated scientific opinion as a starting-point for the discussions.
We know from reliable evidence that our societies need to transition to a more sustainable food system, so that we can provide enough healthy food for an increasing world population without harming the environment. One well-known recommendation is to promote a shift towards diets with fewer animal products and more alternative proteins.
To accelerate this shift, many turn to innovative foods, such as cultivated (cultured) or plant-based meat. These look like very attractive solutions, as they offer the prospect of significantly reducing the negative effects of animal consumption on human health and the environment, while offering meat-eating consumers a similar sensory experience. But how big a contribution can these innovations make to the broader transition to a more sustainable food system? What does the evidence tell us about consumer attitudes and perceptions of food technologies, and what are suggested ways forward?