FOOD 2030: Research & Innovation for Tomorrow’s Nutrition & Food Systems

  • 14th October 2016
  • by secretary

13 October 2016. Brussels. The official conference of FOOD 2030 saw the participation of high level officials, industry, entrepreneurs, investors, policy makers, and civil society organisations.

The European Commission presented its FOOD 2030 research and innovation policy stocktaking exercise to be followed by four prospective discussion panels, each exploring how R and I policy should contribute to shaping tomorrow’s sustainable food systems, with respect to healthy and sustainable diets, climate resilience and circularity of food systems, user-centric innovation, new business models and investment.


  • The FOOD 2030 high level event provided a platform for dialogue that seeked to build on the political momentum for a coherent research and

    innovation policy framework for Food and Nutrition Security

  • The conference was an important step towards boosting future investment in research and innovation in support of impactful nutrition and food systems research breakthroughs, market-creating and open innovation, open science and multi-actor engagement, building of capacities and skills; and strengthening global collaboration for improved research policy alignment.
  • FOOD 2030 explored what is needed to transform and future-proof our food systems to be sustainable, resilient, competitive, diverse, responsible and performant in their provision of accessible, healthy and sustainable food and diets for all. 
  • Furthermore, FOOD 2030 investigated how research and innovation systems can be scaled-up to better contribute to the above Food and Nutrition Security priorities.
In the video below you will find the keynote presentations of:

  • Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation
    He announced the single thematic Research and Innovation narrative built on a number of key Food and Nutrition Security priorities:
    NUTRITION for sustainable and healthy diets
    CLIMATE smart and environmentally sustainable food systems
    CIRCULARITY and resource efficiency of food systems
    INNOVATION and empowerment of communities
  • Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Paul Bulcke, Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé S.A.
  • Mairead McGuinness, Vice-President of the European Parliament
For the rest of the programme click here
Example of innovative research
Tomato skins transformed into food packaging.

The BIOCOPAC Project has been funded under 7th FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME – Research for the benefit of SMEs (Grant Agreement No. FP7-SME-2011-286446). The Project has started the 1st of December of 2011 and lasted for 24 months.

  • The goal of the project was to develop a bio-lacquer for the protection of metal food packaging to meet the demand for sustainable production and for the safeguarding of consumer health, at the same time increasing the competitiveness of the metal cans industry, valorising the wastes produced by the preserved industry and reducing refuse. 
  • BIOCOPAC, making a better use of Europe’s renewable agri-food resources, enables business to deliver green growth and environmental benefits.
  • The core of the research was the development of a natural lacquer obtained from industrial tomato processing by-products (skins), to be applied on the internal and external surfaces of cans for foodstuffs.