The aim of the Strategy to Promote Food Policy in the city of Barcelona is to promote a food policy aimed at food sovereignty, responsible consumption, agro-ecological production, short distribution chains and the presence of agro-ecological and local products in municipal markets, at the same time as guaranteeing food security and fighting against food waste. Food policy refers to the political considerations related to the production, control, inspection, distribution and consumption of food, as well as the prevention and management of the waste it generates.
These formal steps began to materialise with the participation of Barcelona in the European project Food Smart Cities for Development. The project was coordinated by the City Council and the organisations Revista Soberanía Alimentaria, Biodiversidad y Culturas and the GRAIN Foundation. The bulk of this project consisted of a series of meetings, conferences and work meetings throughout 2015 and 2016, within the framework of the Llaurant Barcelona process, which allowed consultation and debate on the current state of the metropolitan agro-food system. It involved an significant section of the local agro-ecological movement (producers, distributors, traders, consumers, activists, etc.), representatives of the city's small businesses and municipal technicians from the metropolitan area.
Schematically, the following shows how to take the path towards food sovereignty.
The full Plan is available at: https://ajuntament.barcelona.cat/omic/sites/default/files/eipa_web.pdf
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