The event aimed at allowing Expo 2015 visitors to experience first-hand the kind of complex issues that policy makers are likely to face in the upcoming years to deal with the negative environmental impacts from food production and consumption (for example: should meat consumption be taxed? Should the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy objectives be radically changed?).
During the event, participants had the opportunity to understand the pros and cons of potential effects of agri-food policies, as assessed by researchers involved in the EU research project DYNAMIX - DYNAmic policy MIXes for absolute decoupling of environmental impact of EU resource use from economic growth (g.a. n° 308674, European Union Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013).
The goal was to give Expo 2015 visitors a chance to discuss policy proposals and to put forward their own suggestions, based on the project’s first results obtained from the assessment of the impacts of selected policy mixes on agri-food markets, land use and the environment. The event included a plenary session, during which the panelists illustrated the challenges needing a prompt reaction in the short term in order to meet the population’s food requirements without jeopardizing the environment, and the agri-food policy mix suggestions put forward by the DYNAMIX project in order to tackle such challenges. The floor was then open for a general discussion between the panel and the participants.
Please find below a documentation from the discussion session and two articles by Giulia Mauri in the Italian magazine Eurocarni on this event/subject.