With the understanding that over 5 billion people will be living in urban settings by 2030, we understand that there must be a universal shift in the way we interact with our food system and the surrounding environment. Therefore, as part of the World Food Summit, The City of Copenhagen invited leading food cities and experts to discuss how gastronomy can be used to drive sustainable urban development.
The Food Cities Track worked with leading experts and key stakeholders across various sectors of the food system to explore the key challenges that cities face in developing more socially, environmentally and economically sustainable cities. Through keynote speakers and collaborative dialogue, experts identified networks, resources, and partnerships that could support better food for more people.
The dialogue was focused on concrete cases that would serve to develop specific actions and innovative ways to utilize the power of gastronomy in creating stronger, healthier cities.
How can we use community food growing to improve the health and wellbeing of marginalized people and engage them in the agenda of gastronomy?
How can a municipal public food strategy move beyond organic food procurement and through shortening of supply chains boost local food economy and strengthen a city-based food identity taking advantage of gastronomic narratives?
How can gastronomy (street food) address poverty for 50,000+ low-income street food vendors in LA and contribute to an inclusive, diverse food economy?