Sustainability is the great paradigm of the future. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations has become cross-cutting and interdisciplinary in industry, agriculture, tourism, science, culture and society as a whole.

Sustainability has become a key factor for the food industry, distribution, retail and the consumer goods sector in general. It has done so from the perspective of food and beverage manufacturers, the sourcing of raw materials, the processing and manufacturing of products, and the delivery of these products to our homes.

The agri-food system is key to climate change because approximately one third of greenhouse gas emissions come from food production. Moreover, recent studies indicate that 80% of Spaniards value positively the involvement of food brands in environmental issues.

For this reason, in this edition Gastronomic Forum Barcelona was committed to sustainability and sustainable food as the central axis of all its activities.

In addition, Gastronomic Forum Barcelona has attended by large companies committed to sustainability and small artisan producers of local and Km0 products grouped in Espai Catalunya under the umbrella of Prodeca, Diputació de Barcelona and Diputació de Girona.

Barcelona, the World Sustainable Food Capital 2021

Barcelona is the World Sustainable Food Capital 2021, making it a focal point to drive existing and future opportunities and plan and redesign current food systems towards healthier, more sustainable and resilient models. Because food is becoming an increasingly powerful economic sector with broad implications, not just for the environment and for people’s health, but nationally in terms of the development of sectors such as hospitality, commerce and small and medium-sized farming operations.

The Gastronomic Forum Barcelona brings together professionals from the food sector and invites them to search for new and necessary paradigms for global sustainability (social, environmental and economic). This is a chance to offer new ways to generate economic activity within a context of the climate emergency, among producers, wholesalers and distributors from the food and drinks sector, as well as from the hospitality and specialist commerce sectors. This revolves around reactivating an economic sector of the first order by integrating environmental and social values.

7th Milan Urban Food Policy Pact

Within the framework of Barcelona as the food capital in 2021, there will also be other events aimed at a wide range of audiences. The 7th Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, for example, focusses debate and knowledge on what can be done by cities and is therefore aimed at a more institutional audience. An international recognition supported by the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), in which 200 participating cities commit themselves to developing sustainable, fair and healthy agri-food models

Citizen Sustainable Food Week

Taking into account that eating is something everyone does every day, but can be something where often the general public lacks the tools and criteria to understand the social and environmental implications of it, Citizen Sustainable Food Week is intended for the general public. This takes shape in a fun, artistic and creative way, and at the same time provide information on alternatives to the current model. Finding answers in a relaxed setting and full of content is one of the strengths of the week. Everyone is invited to take part!

Sustainable food, a new axis for city management that go on after 2021

Beyond these events aimed at specific audiences, the city’s status as the food capital has many other implications. The city becomes a starting point for food to turn into a new axis for city management right at the heart of policy, in a cross-cutting way and in such a way that touches many different disciplines. What comes out of this year should be projects, synergies, actions and new paradigms that go on after 2021. To this end, at the end of the year, Barcelona City Council will begin a participatory process to draw up the City Food Strategy 2030. The gastronomic sector will be invited to participate.