The Milan Urban Food Policy Pact has named Barcelona as the World Sustainable Food Capital for 2021. What the chuff does that mean? Well, it means lost of creative events and activities will be happening in Barcelona throughout 2021 discussing food and sustainability. Food waste is another emergency we have on our hands, so the more we discuss it, highlight the problems, and come up with creative solutions, the better for all of us, innit.
Barcelona will not only be shedding light on this emergency but also showing the different ways cities can develop a sustainable food system that will provide access to healthy food and act against malnutrition. Food for thought!
Some of its events which have caught my eye include: 1) Seasonal menus – renowned chefs will be whipping these up and teaching the public. I need to up my cooking game anyway, so hopefully there’ll be some virtual sessions to tune into. 2) The Museum of Natural Sciences’ ‘More Than Bees’ exhibition, designed to raise people’s awareness of the danger that if pollinating insects become extinct on every continent it will put food supplies and the sustainability of agriculture at risk. We need to #SaveTheBees, for chuff’s sake! 3) The ‘Urban gardens and anarchism: Cultivating Barcelona in time of war‘ event, which looks at how allotments popped up everywhere to help stop food shortages. I think I’m interested in this at the moment because of Rona, and the fear that set in when the supermarkets emptied out and I thought I should start a cabbage patch. 4) The ‘Toxic bodies and environmental health‘ event, about how toxic chemicals can end up in our bodies, and how we can look at minimising their effects. Well, who wants cancer? That’s a must watch.
Marking Barcelona as the World Sustainable Food Capital for 2021 works towards encouraging healthy diets, promoting local and sustainable economies, and fighting the climate emergency. So love, if you’re looking for some inspo on revamping your own towns, companies, lives, or on how you can help the world in general, have a look at its list of events over at Aliment Aciosostenible Barcelona here.
If you find any cool sustainable ideas from around Europe, I’d love for you to share them in my comments, cock.