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The Buy Better Food Campaign

 

for sustainable food on the public plate

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We are a Europe-wide coalition of more than 100 members, calling for public procurement rules that work for the environment, consumers, and workers, and that provide healthy food to all European citizens in public places such as schools, hospitals and elderly care homes.

 

Our Vision is that, by 2030, Europe's food system is healthy for both people and the planet, based on sustainable and fair food production on healthy land, providing healthy food for all.

 

Sustainable Food Procurement can play a pivotal role in driving food system transformation in Europe and beyond.

 

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European Week of Regions and Cities

Together with IFOAM and EFF, Buy Better Food hosed a high-level session on “Promoting Social Innovation through Public Food Procurement” during the European Week of Regions and Cities, handing over more than 55,000 signatures for the petition “A Healthy School Meal for Every Child in Every School.” to MEPs Manuela Ripa (Greens) and Michaela Sojdrova (Christian Democrats)

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Eating City Summer Campus

Annual in-person meeting of the Buy Better Food Campaign at the 9th edition of the Eating City Summer Campus, joining together constructive brainstorming for the future of the Buy Better Food and engaging the Youth Ambassador Network with a thought-provoking role-play game highlighting the challenges of reaching consensus among multiple stakeholders with diverse interests in a food tender setting.

Buy Better Food in the media

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Public procurement has the opportunity to incentivise more organic, sustainable and local production, leading to healthier diets and a fairer distribution of food in society. It is therefore high time that the EU sets targets to promote organic, sustainable and regional food in public canteens, in hospitals and in schools!

Sarah Wiener, Former MEP (Greens), chef and organic farmer

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Procurement officers are one of the keys to making tenders more sustainable. We have a unique opportunity to create the much needed changes to the food system. As a procurement lawyer and public purchaser you can bring the political goal to life through small changes in the tender document, which may be decisive in making the food chain more sustainable (also in distant countries).

Betina Bergmann Madsen, Chief procurement officer in the municipality of Copenhagen

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Public food has the enormous potential to create a virtuous interplay between economic development and social inclusion, bringing to the front the unique role of local authorities in shaping up new (and much needed) constituencies around the objectives of sustainable development.

Roberta Sonnino, Professor of Sustainable Food Systems at Centre for Environment and Sustainability, University of Surrey

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