Tackling the challenge of providing a safe, sufficient, and healthy diet to everyone on the planet in a way that is socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable requires collaboration across disciplines, sectors and scales – an approach that is not easy either in theory or in practice.
Last year, an international group of thought leaders came together to share their experiences and exchange ideas on this topic with a diverse community; they discussed their methods, presented the food system topics emerging as most critical in their fields of study or practice, and discussed possible solutions. The group of 100 participants from 25 countries and 57 different organizations was convened in late June 2015 at Monte Verità by the World Food System Center at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology).
Monte Verità, the “mountain of truth,” is a special venue in southern Switzerland that has inspired new ways of thinking since the 1900s. The hilltop was first settled by a group of idealists from northern Europe who wanted to explore new ways of living based on the principles of freedom, simplicity, cooperation and a respect for the natural environment. Though much has changed since then, the location and its unique atmosphere still provide the ideal backdrop for inspiring and creative discussions about ways of shaping a sustainable future.
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