Food – our most basic need and right – is not scarce on our
planet, but nearly 1 billion people still go hungry or are undernourished.
At the same time, twice as many men and women overeat, putting their
health at risk. Worldwide, ever more food is produced – and lost
or wasted. With the demographic boom, widening social inequalities
and natural resources being increasingly strained, food insecurity
will affect more and more needy people. Addressing current imbalances
and problems of governance remains a daunting challenge for current and
To enhance the affordability, quality and safety of food,
Council of Europe member States must strengthen solidarity mechanisms,
food controls and labelling requirements, as well as regulatory
measures and research on emerging food risks. For securing sustainable
supplies, they need to ensure more responsible consumption of food,
invest in sustainable farming and combat climate change and chemical
pollution more effectively.