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Event Series: Food of the future

Sustainable diets from sustainable food systems: will Europe move fast enough?

Prof. Tim Lang (City University London) wird darstellen, wie Europa sein Ernährungssystem nachhaltig gestalten will


Tue., Oct. 8, 2019
7:00pm - 10:00pm


Tieranatomisches Theater



There is strong evidence that there is a mismatch between global dietary trends, population health and the capacity of planetary ecosystems to maintain themselves in a sustainable state. Food is one of the major drivers of negative indicators for non-communicable disease, healthcare costs, life expectancy, antimicrobial resistance, climate change (CO2e), water stress, biodiversity loss, soil health, and other planetary cycles such as for nitrogen and phosphorus. Europe has been a source of such data but has a food system which is so far too slow to respond to its own evidence.

Our policy frameworks are based on 1950s thinking that we must produce more food. Policy modifications have been made, and continue to be made, but they are neither fast enough nor extensive enough.  In this lecture, I will explore the scale of change that is needed, and assess whether there is the political appetite to change as rapidly as we should. The lecture will consider where drivers of change are taking shape at European, national and local levels. It will argue that there must be a multi-level transition if we are to deliver sustainable diets from sustainable food systems. This must be a cultural transition as well as an economic and supply transition.

Further information

Organizer: Lebenswissenschaftliche Fakultät der HU
Speakers: Prof. Tim Lang, City University London
Sponsored by: FoodBerlin
Scientific director: Prof. Dr. Richard Lucius


Prof. Dr. Richard Lucius
Phone: 030 2093-6052
Fax: 030 2093-6051


Philippstraße 12 (Haus 3).Langhans- + Gerlachbau, Tieranat. Theater (Haus 3)
Room: Tieranatomisches Theater, Hörsaal