EAT Foundation

EAT Foundation (2016; Stockholm; 23 staff; eatforum.org)

A non-profit founded by the Stordalen Foundation, the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Wellcome Trust “to catalyze a food system transformation” to feed a growing global population with healthy food. The three organizations intend to use their experience in health, science, policy, and sustainability to convene experts and decision makers toward this objective. Intends to stimulate interdisciplinary research on food issues, and to improve nutrition and food safety. Concerned with obesity and non-communicable diseases, climate change, and ecosystem degradation.  Advisory Board of 30+ experts in the fields of food science and policy, nutrition, public health, environmental sustainability, veterinary sciences, and economics. Intends to establish consumers and private sector guidelines for healthy and sustainable diets.  Encourages innovations along the food value chain to benefit public health and the environment, and provide policy makers with evidence to inform decision-making.  Hosts the annual EAT Stockholm Food Forum, an interdisciplinary group of science, politics, business and civil society.  Strategic advisors include Greg Drescher, Vice President Strategic Initiatives, The Culinary Institute of America.

Initiatives:

  • EAT-C40 – Supports city efforts to create and implement comprehensive solutions that reduce carbon emissions and increase resilience throughout the urban food system.
  • FReSH – A global business partnership that brings a consumption lens and systemic approach across the food system to drive industry change.
  • Food and Land-Use Coalition – A self-governing coalition composed of over 30 organizations established to transform the global food and land use systems.
  • CO-CREATE – A pan-European collaboration with 13 research and advocacy organizations that engages with youth to form policies and promote action tackling adolescent overweight and obesity.
  • EAT Move Sleep – A collaboration with the Norwegian Football Association and Bama to inspire children and youth to make healthier and more sustainable lifestyle choices.
  • CHEW (Children Eating Well) – A collaboration between EAT and UNICEF, focusing on the linkages between food systems and child health and nutrition.
  • Chef’s Network – A collaboration with the SDG2 Advocacy Hub to connect and empower chefs from across the world to champion healthy and sustainable diets.

Publications:

  • Annual Report
  • A library of articles, blog, news coverage, talks, podcasts, and press releases
  • HIGHLIGHT: Food in the Anthropocene (Jan 2019, 47p; 30p summary). The EAT Foundation along with The Lancet, have formed the EAT-Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems. The 37 scientists from 16 countries, led by Walter Willett and Johan Rockström, warn that most of the world population is inadequately nourished and many environmental systems and processes are pushed beyond safe boundaries by current food production. A global transformation of the food system “is urgently needed” to feed a future population of 10 billion people, by increasing consumption of healthy foods (fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, legumes) and decreasing consumption of unhealthy foods (red meat, sugar, refined grains).

Leadership: Dr. Alessandro Demaio (CEO)

Budget: ~$6m (2017)

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