Sustainable Food Procurement Manifesto

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The Sustainable Food Procurement manifesto calls for a minimum standard for public canteens across the EU as part of implementing the Farm to Fork strategy. It contains precise targets, procurement tender criteria, verification and enablers for seven actionable target areas which go beyond ‘green’ (or environmentally friendly) public procurement (GPP): healthy food; organic and other agro-ecological practices; support for small-scale farmers; climate action; social economy and labour rights; fair trade; and animal welfare.



The Manifesto is an inspiration for policy makers at all levels of government. On 11 October 2022, during a key event at the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels, the Manifesto was handed over to Alexandra Nikolakopoulou, Head of Unit for the Farm to Fork strategy at the European Commission. The Manifesto is endorsed by several expert organisations, and local and regional governments from around Europe.



Translations of the Manifesto in Spanish, French, German, Italian and Slovak are now available!

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Local Governments
Torres Vedras logo
South Tyrol logo
Valencia Municipal Food Council logo
Veneto Region logo
Municipality of Nuoro logo
City of Vicenza
Brasov logo
City of Rybnik logo
Logo Municipality of Mértola
Montpellier logo
Municipality of Idanha-a-Nova
Ceinture AlimenTerre Liégoise
NGOs and Not-for-profits
UNESCO Chair World Food Systems
Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies
Eating City
EPHA logo
Fondazione Ecosistemi
ICLEI Europe
Mensa Cívica
Organic cities network
Skutečně zdravá škola
Speiseräume Forschung + Beratung
Manger Demain
Skutocne sdrava skola
Polish Fair Trade Association
Farm Food Climate-Project Together
Qualità e Servizi

In collaboration with the Institute for European Environmental Policy, we developed the Sustainable food procurement - Review of good practices across the EU (2022), where we highlight what is already happening in European countries today when it comes to sustainable public food procurement supporting the case for the minimum standards proposed in the Manifesto.

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