EAT The Food Council was established to inspire the municipality and to connect parties when it comes to healthy and sustainable food. Joost Snels works at Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in the group ‘Supply Chain Development and Food Informatics’ on various national and international projects on, among other things, food waste. Since 2020, he has also dealt with food locally as a member of the Food Council in Ede.
Why did you join the Food Council? “Food interests me, I do many international projects about food for my work at WUR, but I have also seen how much you can achieve with local concrete projects. When I heard about the Food Council through a colleague, I thought it would be very interesting to deal with nutrition in my own municipality.”
“I think it is important that there is a food council in Ede. I see Ede as a real Food City, especially when the World Food Center is built, and I want to be part of all that development and be close to the fire. It is also nice to contribute locally.”
EFFECTIVE FOOD CHAINS “I have worked at WUR for the past 20 years. My expertise is efficient organization of food chains. This means that you use raw materials efficiently and get the products to the consumer with the lowest possible costs, emissions and waste. Within our projects, we look at all steps that take place after harvest, such as storage and transport. In Ghana and Nigeria, for example, we look at all activities, such as processing the entire chain after harvesting tomato rice and/or cassava. In South America, for example in Peru, I am also researching effective after-harvest. After harvest, products often deteriorate rapidly in quality and value, so we are looking at how to organize such a chain in such a way that as little as possible is wasted.”
For me, the Food Council must inspire both the residents and the municipality
TECHNASIUM ,,I think the ‘Research & Design task Stop Food Waste!’ is a very nice project within the theme of food waste! which we do with several Technasia in the Netherlands, including Het Streek Lyceum in Ede. We let young people from 3 youth programs carry out tasks and come up with ideas to combat food waste. It’s very local but has a big impact, sometimes really original ideas come out.”
“As the Food Council, we want to contribute to making healthy, sustainable and affordable food available to everyone in Ede municipality. We are now working on a 10-point plan, where we want to gather very practical and feasible ideas that contribute to healthy, sustainable and, above all, affordable food for everyone in Ede municipality.”
EVERY QUARTER “What I would like to have is a greenhouse, vegetable garden, food forest or other forms of edible greens in every neighbourhood. If you have something like this in every neighbourhood, you make sure that people can get healthy food for free, but it’s also social, people in the neighborhood get to know each other better when they work together.’
“If such a project is successful, the municipality can also use it for future policy. For me, it is the Food Council’s role to make something visible and ensure interaction between the municipality and residents. For me, the Food Council must inspire, both for the residents and for the municipality.”
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BASIC FACILITIES “I think the availability of healthy food for everyone is a very important theme, especially with the current energy crisis and inflation. You don’t want people to cut corners on healthy food, especially for kids. If you decide that access to healthy food is a basic prerequisite, like access to clean water, clean air and education, many opportunities arise.”
I would love it if we could create a place where everyone can eat healthy and at an affordable price. Like canteens for students in the past
“I would love it if we could create a place where everyone can eat healthy and at an affordable price. Food is the basis, it is a minimum need for sustenance. I imagine a place where everyone can come. Just as there used to be canteens for students in student towns, local residents also came to eat there. You should make something central for everyone. I would like to have that conversation.”
ACTION POINTS “As the Food Council, we would very much like to discuss with residents and organizations from Ede municipality which points are most important for us to focus on now. Therefore, we invite everyone who is interested in this theme to come to the FoodFloor meeting at Makandra organic farm in Ede-Noord on Monday evening, October 31. There, we would like to talk to as many people as possible about the next steps that the Norwegian Food Council can take to ensure healthy food for everyone.”
Invitation FoodFloor 31 October
All residents of Ede municipality are welcome to the FoodFloor meeting on 31 October. Programme: 18.30 tour of Makandra organic farm and soup and sandwiches from Linke Soep Catering. 19:30 Introduction by Dr. Marian Stuiver, Program Manager Green Cities/Urban Food Systems from Wageningen University and Research, talks about Edese food initiatives. Finally, we discuss together and in groups what are the right action points for the Norwegian Food Council at the moment. 21.00 we close with a drink. More information at www.eetbaarede.nl/foodfloor. You can register via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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