The OFSP is a programme on taking and further developing the organic food system as a pilot model and living laboratory for sustainable food systems. We use the organic food system as a model to understand drivers of sustainable food consumption and to link this to real-world examples of sustainable production and consumption. It is important to understand that the OFSP will use the organic food system as a kind of window for exploration but not as the exclusive solution. There are many commonalities between healthy (e.g. WHO 2014) and sustainable diets (e.g. FAO 2012); organic agriculture is not necessarily a component of achieving either of these goals, but can contribute to enhancing both and may act as a model to bridge health and sustainability.
Overall the central question is: how to make food systems more sustainable?
The new FAO report Sustainable value chains for sustainable food systems including contributions from OFSP partners is here available.
The programme intends to contribute to global activities such as IFOAM Organic 3.0 and brings together initiatives and stakeholders at international, national, regional and local levels. Recently the Sustainable Food System Programme’s Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee (MAC) endorsed the OFSP as one of eight “core initiatives” of the UN-10YFP Sustainable Food System Programme!