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Copenhagen to be the ‘Davos for food’

With great expectations and strong international participation, the Danish Minister for Environment and Food, Esben Lunde Larsen, will open the international food summit Better Food for More People on 25 and 26 August

As many as 120 enthusiastic food actors from 15 countries have agreed to meet and discuss how to realise the potential of gastronomic innovation in efforts to produce better food for more people.

The summit is the first of its kind, and has been planned as an annual event to address current challenges. Therefore, the summit will create the inspirational framework for a ‘Davos for food’ in Copenhagen.

 We have to improve public health across national borders as more and more people move from rural to urban areas and therefore move further away from where their food originates. In particular, we have to begin at an early stage by allowing children and young people opportunities to experience and work with food and to learn how good-quality produce is produced,” said the Minister for Environment and Food, Esben Lunde Larsen.

Participants include Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, USD; Zhang Xudong, Deputy Director General of China National Centre for Food Safety Risk Assessment, China; Carolyn Steel, architect and author of the book “Hungry City”;  and Michiel Kernkamp, Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé Nordics .

 We have great expectations of the summit, which will result in a charter of recommendations for how the international community can do more to ensure better food for more people through gastronomy,” said Esben Lunde Larsen.

The press are welcome
Opportunities for the press:

Thursday 25 August:

18.40 – 18.50: The Minister for Environment and Food will be answering short questions from the press at Copenhagen City Hall.

18.55:  Arrival of HRH Princess Marie at the main entrance.

19.00 – 19.18: Speeches by HRH Princes Marie and Minister for Environment and Food Esben Lunde Larsen.

Friday 26 August:

09:00 – 17:00: Summit at Christiansborg. The press are welcome throughout the summit. 

Facts: Food challenges

  • In Denmark alone, the annual loss in GDP due to obesity and lifestyle diseases is estimated to be DKK 10 billion in 2035.
  •  In the US, the occurrence of diabetes is expected to increase from a current 9.3% to 14.9% in 2025.
  • In China, 71% of the population believe that food safety is an issue.
  • According to the UN, one-third of the food we produce is wasted, while millions are still starving.
  • Throughout the world cities are growing bigger, and, in 2050, an estimated 86% of the population of the industrialised countries, and 64% of the population of the  developing countries will be living in cities.

Read about the speakers and see the entire programme.

Press accreditation is required: Press accreditation.

Further information:
Marie Louise Flach de Neergaard, head of division, Ministry of Environment and Food, tel.: +45 6198 8414, e-mail: 

Tine Juul Nielsen, communication consultant, Ministry of Environment and Food, tel.: + 45 2540 8893, e-mail: