Food Policy

Policy-making structures are often highly compartmentalized and ill-equipped to respond to the cross-cutting challenges in food systems. Diet-related chronic disease, food safety, marketing to children, labor conditions, wages for farm and food-chain workers, immigration, water and air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, and support for farmers: These issues are all connected to the food system. Yet they are mostly overseen by separate governmental bodies. 

Increasingly, efforts are being made to overhaul and integrate the policy processes affecting food systems. 

In Europe, IPES-Food has assembled a diverse array of food systems actors to work toward a 'Common Food Policy.' The vision, articulated in IPES-Food's report 'Towards a Common Food Policy for the EU', is to bring a range of poorly aligned policies (agriculture, trade, environment, development, food safety…) under one roof, to refocus them on clear and consistent objectives, and to drive a transition to sustainability. 



All publications

What makes urban food policy happen? Insights from five case studies

Through a series of five case studies, this report provides insights into the factors that enable the development and delivery of urban food policies, how these enablers can be harnessed, and how barriers can be overcome. 

Read the full report (EN)
Read the executive summary (EN)

February 2019

Towards a Common Food Policy for the EU

This report argues for a Common Food Policy for the European Union: a policy setting a direction of travel for the whole food system, bringing together the various sectoral policies that affect food production, processing, distribution, and consumption, and refocusing all actions on the transition to sustainability.

May 2018

Framing Paper for the EU Food & Farming Forum

The framing paper for the EU Food & Farming Forum (May 29-30, 2018) makes the case for an EU Common Food Policy, providing a concrete vision of what it could look like.

Read the framing paper (EN, FR

May 2018

Q&A: Why does the EU need a Common Food Policy

A brief Q&A on why the EU needs a Common Food Policy

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All media
December 2018

Gutes und hochwertiges Essen für alle

Wiener Zeitung | Olivier De Schutter & Thomas Waitz

November 2018

La Thérapie, C'est L'action

Monde Qui Bouge | Céline Teret interview with Olivier De Schutter

May 2018

As CAP Reform Enters Familiar Cycles, a Common Food Policy Offers a Plan B for the EU

ARC2020 | Olivier De Schutter

May 2018

Campaigners fear Latin America is rolling back on eco-farming promises


September 2017

A Food Policy for Europe

European Green Journal | Olivier De Schutter

July 2017

What Makes Urban Food Policy Happen? An Interview with Corinna Hawkes

CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute

November 2014

How a national food policy could save millions of American lives

Washington Post | Mark Bittman, Michael Pollan, Ricardo Salvador, Olivier De Schutter

January 2018

Olivier De Schutter presents a Common Food Policy for Europe

Metropoli Agricole 2018