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As part of its ambitious Green Deal program, the European Commission is aiming for a transition of the EU food system towards fairer, healthier and more sustainable outcomes. To foster such a transition, the Commission aims to redirect a broad range of – agricultural, environmental, trade and public health – policy efforts to make them align with the overarching objectives as set out in the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies. Initial analyses suggest that the Commission faces major political hurdles in these attempts for policy reform, e.g. as shown by the outcomes of the Common Agricultural Policy post-2022 reform process. Meanwhile, both academics and interest groups fiercely debate desired production and consumption practices, technologies and modes of intervention.
The aim of this event is to put the quest for an EU food system transition into historical perspective and explore what lessons can be drawn from historical change processes for the pressing political and agronomic challenges of today. During the event, speakers from across academic disciplines will approach this aim from different perspectives.
- 14h00: Welcome and introductions by prof. dr. Nel de Mûelenaere, assistant professor at the Social and Cultural Food Studies group (FOST) of Vrije Universiteit Brussel and academic co-director of BrIAS Prof. Dr. em. Frank Deconinck
- 14h05: The CAP reform-path: reflection from an environmental perspective Prof. dr. Sebastian Lakner (Universität Rostock)
- 14h35: Why history matters: change and continuity in interest representation Prof. dr. Liesbeth van de Grift (Utrecht University)
- 15h10: East European diverse food system: learning from the periphery? Dr. Petr Jehlicka (Czech Academy of Science)
- 15h40: Moderated discussion
led by BrIAS fellow dr. Jeroen Candel, associate professor at the Public Administration and Policy Group of Wageningen University