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International food summit attracts strong profiles

The Minister of Environment and Food Esben Lunde Larsen is heading a new international food summit in Copenhagen. More than 100 international profiles within politics, business, gastronomy and the media will come up with ideas on how to ensure better food for more people. Participants are coming from all over the world – among others China, United States and Europe.

When the Minister for Environment and Food on 26 August hosts the international food summit ’Better Food for More People’ at the Danish Parliament Christiansborg it will be  attended by politicians, CEO’s and frontrunners from all over the world. The summit will take place the same week Copenhagen Cooking and Food Festival is taking place in Copenhagen, where thousands of ‘foodies’ are visiting the city. 

- I am looking forward to welcoming the invites who are attending from different parts of the world. They are all committed and have accepted the challenge to ensure better food for more people in the cities. The cities are growing and thereby are putting pressure on and challenging not only the demand for food safety, reduction of food waste and the conversation we are having about food.  But also strengthens the demand for good, tasty, traditional food and food that is telling a story. With the food summit we intend to create a Davos within food in Copenhagen, says Esben Lunde Larsen. 

Gastronomy is part of the toolbox

As the cities grow, new global trends that affect the production of food emerge. Focus is shifting from the uniform production that depends on stability of taste, colors and consistency to a more diverse expressed production with individual choices, diversity and eating experiences.

Four themes will evaluate gastronomy as a key factor in new food-solutions: 1) new information that can ensure urban people who do not live close to where food is produced sufficient and useful knowledge about the food they eat, 2) more safe food that can avoid illness and ensure close cooperation between the industry and the food safety authorities, 3) the impacts of the gastronomy when creating better food for more people whether they are eating outside or at home and 4) the limitation of food waste through an effective use of the resources.

At the summit the term “The Big Kitchen” is introduced as a metaphor for all the food which is achieved, prepared and served in the city kitchens - at restaurants, workplaces, kindergartens, schools, hospitals, industries, grocery stores and private homes – where gastronomy will be able to function as a driver in order to ensure better food for more people.

Strong profiles

Approx. 100 participants will be attending the the minister’s summit. The people attending have very different qualifications and have all committed themselves to the summit agenda: Better Food for More People.

From the political scene vice ministers and mayors, for instance  Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services at the US Department of Agriculture and City councillor for Courbevoie, Paris, Arash Derambash.

From the business world Luca Mignini, President for Global Biscuits and Snacks from Campbell Soup Company and Peder Tuborgh, CEO at Arla Foods will attend the summit.  

Several of the gastronomic frontrunners are coming a long way, for instance participants from China, Dong Zhenxiang, who is head chef and founder of a big chain of restaurants in Beijing. Attending from China is also Yoyo Sun who has a food blog with more than 5 million followers.

- With this spectrum of committed politicians, business leaders, chefs and bloggers I hope that we will identify a number of recommendations and actions across national practices and good examples that will ensure better food in the cities. It is also my ambition that we commit each other to initiate actions at the end of the summit so that words are brought into action, Esben Lunde Larsen says.  

The summit is the first of its kind. The idea is that it is repeated next year where focus will be on new challenges. And together with the rest of the festival create a Davos within food in Copenhagen. 

Read more about the summit here.

See the programme for the summit here.

Invitation for the press

The press is invited to participate in the summit on August 26th at Christiansborg. In order to sign up contact Press and Communication, Tine Juul Nielsen, tjni@mfvm.dk, no. +45 2540 8893.

For further information:

Head of Department, Food and Consumer: Marie Louise Flach de Neergaard, mlfn@mfvm.dk, no.+ 45 6198 8414

Press and Communication, Tine Juul Nielsen, tjni@mfvm.dk, no. +45 2540 8893

Facts:

  • All over the world cities are growing and the expectation is that in 2050 86 % will live in cities in the industrialized countries and 64 % in developing countries.
  • More than 100 international politicians, CEO’s and gastronomy frontrunners and the media are invited by the Danish Minister of Environment and Food Esben Lunde Larsen, for example from China, United States and Europe.
  • The challenges and solutions addressed at the summit will be within four themes: Better Food through better Information, Safe Food for More People, Gastronomy - the tool for better food and Prevention of Food waste. Gastronomy is the tool to ensure safe, healthy, tasteful and affordable food in an urbanized world.
  • Copenhagen Cooking and Food Festival (CCFF) is a new festival with lots of new events and a successor to Copenhagen Cooking Festival. Copenhagen is hosting   Copenhagen Cooking and Food Festival (CCFF) from the 19th-28th of August 2016.

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