A healthy and sustainable food system is crucial for the well-being of our planet and its inhabitants. As an expert in the field, I have witnessed the growing recognition of the interdependent and inseparable relationships between individual sectors within the food system, from production to waste disposal. It is essential to understand that a truly sustainable food system goes beyond just promoting health; it must also be resilient, diverse, just, economically balanced, and transparent. In recent years, there has been a growing emphasis on "nature-based solutions" in the battle of ideas for the future of food systems. This approach recognizes the importance of working with nature rather than against it.
As we approach COP28, it is crucial for governments to stop neglecting food systems in their climate commitments and instead pay attention to the pioneering efforts of cities and regions to reduce emissions. One organization that is leading the way in shaping debates on sustainable food systems is IPES-Food, the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems. This independent panel brings together a diverse group of innovative thinkers and professionals to promote the transition to sustainable food systems around the world. As an expert in this field, I urge governments to use COP28 as an opportunity to review their national climate commitments (NDCs) and systematically include food systems and local action. It is time for governments to recognize that food systems play a crucial role in mitigating climate change and must be given the attention they deserve.