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European Commission Launches Scientific Debate on How to Feed the Planet

April 15, 2015

The European Commission initiated a web-based dialogue on how science and innovation can help the European Union (EU) ensure safe, nutritious, sufficient, and sustainable food for the global population. The dialogue focuses on the theme of World Expo 2015, "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life," which aims to go beyond cultural activities and open a real political debate on global food security and sustainability.

A discussion paper was presented by Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, together with Franz Fischler, Chairman of the Expo 2015 EU Scientific Steering Committee. According to Fischler, the paper gives an overview of where European research can add the most value in relation to tackling food and nutrition security challenges and points to areas where EU can expand its research potential. Moreover, it highlights the need to develop a governance structure that will allow sharing of best practices and facilitate the transfer of knowledge and innovation to feed the planet sustainably. It should stimulate a global discussion with stakeholders and the general public, ultimately shaping a legacy for Expo 2015.

The consultation is available online for input from all interested stakeholders until September 1, 2015. The results of the consultation will be released on October 15, 2015.

Read the press release at the European Commission PR Database.