Ensuring access to healthy food which is produced and distributed in a sustainable manner is a key question facing policy makers at all levels of government. This important topic has been put at the heart of the Universal Exhibition, which is being held in Milan (Italy) this year. The exhibition is running until 31 October 2015 with the theme: Feeding the planet, energy for life.
The Expo aims to promote an international dialogue about global challenges involving nutrition and natural resources. Key questions include ensuring access to healthy food for all, reducing food waste, using resources in a more sustainable way, and the link between food, energy production and use of natural resources.
The exhibition site is divided into four thematic areas: Pavilion Zero, looking at the history of humankind through the lens of its relationship with food; the Future Food District, which considers future impacts of technological advances on food storage, distribution, purchase, and consumption; the Biodiversity Park, which reproduces different ecosystems from around the planets; and the Arts & Foods exhibition, which explores the changing relationship between food and art.
School catering in the spotlight in new INNOCAT report
Eco-innovation need not involve expensive high-tech solutions, according to a new INNOCAT report on the sustainable procurement of school catering services. The report looks at sustainable catering practices in schools across Europe and highlights the importance of broad stakeholder involvement and inventive approaches to food rather than a reliance on expensive equipment and significant financial investment.
The catering sector is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Europe. Conventional food production, processing, delivery and preparation processes are linked to heavy consumption of fossil fuels as well as significant soil and water pollution, proliferation of plastic and other non-organic waste, and local air pollution caused by transportation within cities. It is therefore not only the food itself but the systems by which it is packaged, prepared and delivered which need to be considered when reducing catering’s carbon footprint.
Based around an exploration of common practical and perceived problems faced by schools, the INNOCAT Good Practice Report on Sustainable Public Procurement of School Catering Services tries to draw out the many clever and innovative approaches already being used to procure more environmentally and socially sustainable catering services. By highlighting ideas and best practice cases from around Europe, the report provides ideas, inspiration and further resources for those who are involved in the procurement of food and catering services for schools.
Bournemouth and Poole make a splash with commitment to sustainable fish
The British seaside towns of Bournemouth and Poole have become the world’s first sustainable fish cities, after businesses and public services in the two towns pledged to buy and serve only fish caught from sustainable sources. The move is supported by a huge number of public sector organisations, including Bournemouth University, all major hospitals, nearly all theatres, leisure centres, schools and even Bournemouth Football Club. Between them, these organizations serve around 3.7 million meals each year so their combined impact is significant.
Sustainable Fish Cities co-ordinator Ruth Westcott said: “There is no doubt that this achievement will inspire other towns and cities and we hope we this is just the first of many sustainable fish cities in the UK.” Thirteen other towns and cities in the UK are also working with the campaign to improve their commitment to using sustainable fish.
INNOCAT partner Resah organises Forum on Healthcare Innovation
INNOCAT partner Resah, the Central Purchasing Body for French Healthcare organisations (Hospital and Nursing home), is organising the “2nd European Forum For Public Procurement of Healthcare Innovation” on Wednesday 9 September 2015 in Paris in collaboration with the INSPIRE Project.
The procurement of innovation is an important challenge for the future and especially for the Healthcare sector. This Forum will provide the opportunity for all European Organization concerned by innovation in the Healthcare sector to learn more about the current situation in France, what kind of tools the European Commission proposes to facilitate the procurement of innovation and to explore examples from ongoing European Projects.
The first part of the event (Morning) will be in French and the second part (Afternoon) will be in English. A translation service will be available the whole day. The event is free of charge and registration can be completed by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any question or need of further information, please contact Louis Potel – European Project Manager at RESAH – email@example.com.
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