Sustainability is a complex concept. According to the UN World Commission on Environment and Development: “sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Sustainable practices support ecological, human, economic, health and vitality. In simplest terms, sustainability is about our children and our grandchildren, and the world we will leave them.
Within the concept of sustainability, agriculture, food, and nutrition take an important place. Regardless of the many successes of agriculture during the last three decades, it is clear that food systems, and diets, are not sustainable. FAO data show that one billion people suffer from hunger, while even more people are overweight or obese. In both groups, there is a high prevalence of micronutrient malnutrition. In spite of many efforts, the nutrition problems of the world are escalating.
Improving nutrition through better balanced nutritious diets can also reduce the ecological impact of dietary choices. Therefore, a shift to more sustainable diets would trigger upstream effects on the food production (e.g. diversification), processing chain and food consumption.
In the view of the much-needed discussions on these topics, with this congress we aim to bring together scientists, non-governmental organizations, national and international institutes, and leading authorities and to provide a platform for exchange of essential knowledge and information.
Yours valuable contribution in the congress, which aims to bring together professionals from different disciplines, to create awareness on sustainability, to share best practices and to transfer the knowledge to all individuals in the society, will make us very happy.
Prof. Emine Aksoydan