In 2018, FReSH hosted Science to Solutions Dialogues (SSD) between science, business and civil society, aiming to prompt strategic discussions and to accelerate the learning curve of the solution space for food systems transformation. Based on those meetings, three discussion papers were published to help stimulate the debate and create a platform for collaboration and progress. There are linkages and continuity between the discussion papers, including opportunities for solutions related to reducing food loss and waste, engaging consumers, building business case for action and multisectoral engagement.
Discussion paper 1: Putting food in food explores the solution spaces for processed and packaged food, and calls for creating and amplifying a new narrative that insists that all food produced and consumed should be good for people and the planet. The 5 step approach to addressing the challenges is very helpful, and the report concludes with options for FReSH to help drive solution-oriented action and collaboration.
Discussion paper 2: People, planet, protein: What's the plan? looks options for shifting towards more sustainable and healthy protein sources and more sustainable livestock production. The same 5 step approach was used to assess three main challenges, and after acknowledging some limitations of the discussion, the paper concludes by setting out opportunities for future action.
Discussion paper 3: Everyone Eating Well within Environmental Limits sets out three future narratives to help focus business action that will lead to healthy, enjoyable diets for all by 2030. To achieve this goal, the paper provides solutions and in three areas - production, consumption and the regulatory trade environment - emphasising the need to align these actions to maximise benefits for people, planet and profits.
Overall, a really useful set of discussion papers that helped frame discussion around the EAT Lancet report.