IVM and the Dutch Food Summit
On 26 January 2017 the first National Food Summit was organized by four Dutch Ministries, those of Foreign Affairs, Economic Affairs, Environment, and Public Health.
Such was done against the background of global hunger affecting over one billion people and obesity affecting even more people. Besides, both world population and average incomes are still on the rise, leading to an ever-increasing production of animal products, with substantial impacts on the environment (biodiversity loss and climate change, in particular). Producing sufficient, healthy and sustainable food will be a top priority world-wide during the next decade. In a dialogue with food producers and experts, the Dutch government intends to facilitate these achievements, primarily, by promoting plant proteins as important, healthy, nutritious and sustainable alternatives to animal proteins. Therefore, Minister Lilianne Ploumen and Secretary of State Martijn van Dam confirmed their commitment by signing agreements to cooperate in the Plant Proteins covenant. In the picture, Minister Ploumen is on the left-hand side and Martijn van Dam is signing across his Ministry’s logo, below which the IVM logo (one of the covenant partners) is clearly visible. It was initialled by Harry Aiking, who published an opinion paper with Ckees van Oijen in Newspaper Trouw on the same day.