What can you do?
Transforming the food model to make it healthier, fairer and more sustainable is everyone's job!
- If you would like to feed yourself based on sustainable food criteria and have a positive impact on the territory, here is a guide to places and shops that are already working on putting the food model of the future into practice.
- Barcelona City Council and the Barcelona Metropolitan Strategic Plan (PEMB) have jointly driven a process to draw up a 2030 Sustainable Food Strategy pthat is to act as a shared food policy roadmap for the city. A participatory process in which all citizens will be invited to do their bit to draw the path to be followed over the next eight years will begin shortly. Join in!
- If you are associated with a project, entity or company that is working on the transformation of the food system from the point of view of agroecology and food sovereignty, Agròpolis may be the place for you. Find out all about it and get involved!
- If you live in the city and have an interest in urban agriculture, below is a list of activities, training opportunities and initiatives promoted by a variety of entities in the city that aim to promote this healthy, social and community-based activity. Find out all about it here.
- Terra Pagesa – Centre d’Intercanvi Alimentari de Proximitat (Local Food Exchange Centre) (CIAP)is a project led by the Unió de Pagesos farmers’ trade union with support from Barcelona City Council. It is a commercial and logistics centre that facilitates the distribution of local products from farmers to small shops and municipal markets. This innovative centre facilitates the trading relationship without the need for producers to be present in person – one of the main obstacles for most of them – thanks to an online platform, and it also generates logistical and transport facilities for the producers who use it. In this link you will find more information and contact details for the project.
- Comerç Verd (Green Commerce is a programme aimed at promoting the supply of local and organic foods and foods sold directly by producers to stallholders at Barcelona's municipal markets. As a result, criteria have been established to identify those stalls and products that stock a percentage, agreed with all the players involved, of three types of products: local or market products, organic products, or products sourced directly from the farmer or producer. Comerç Verd aims to give all citizens easier access to sustainable food while giving added value to municipal markets. It also aims to work with market retailers so they can become promoters of sustainable food among the city's residents. For more information about the project, click here.
- If you run a restaurant or food shop and want to sell organic products, you can get your supplies at Mercabarna's Biomarket, the largest wholesale market in Spain and southern Europe. You will find more information on its website.
- If you’re a stallholder at one of the city’s municipal markets, you can join omerç Verd (Green Commerce), ua programme aimed at promoting the supply of local and organic foods and foods sold directly by producers to stallholders at Barcelona's municipal markets. For more information about the project, click here.
- If you’re in the restaurant industry, have a look at the recipes in the Menú de les Estacions (Season Menu), a project developed within the framework of the World Capital of Sustainable Food to add sustainable food to restaurant menus. Original recipes with a positive social and environmental impact! Join organisations that work to introduce sustainable food in the restaurant industry, such as Slow Foodor Barcelona Restaurants Sostenibles, among others.
- In order to transform the food system, it is essential to foster far-reaching cultural change and, above all, to influence the food education of future generations. To that end, projects and resources to introduce sustainable food into school curricula have been put in motion. Have a look at our suggestions and help bring about the change!
- Menjadors més sans i sostenibles (Healthier, More Sustainable Canteens) is a joint project with the Barcelona Public Health Agency (ASPB) that promotes a healthier and more sustainable diet by proposing school menus with more plant-based protein and the use of seasonal and local products. If you would like to improve food at school, find out how to do it at this link.
- The ““Schools, here and now for sustainable food” initiative, in which many children and young people took part in the food debate in a fun and creative way, was carried out within the framework of the World Capital of Sustainable Food. Have a look at their contributions and get inspired!
- You can also contact groups that can help your canteen move towards a healthier and more sustainable model: XAMEC, Associació de Menjadors Ecològics (Association of Organic Canteens), among others.
Barcelona City Council has been promoting sustainable public procurement (add a link to the page on “Public Food Instruction”) for several years. The introduction of environmental criteria in municipal public procurement is one of the key tools for promoting ongoing improvement processes to increase efficiency in the consumption of natural and economic resources and reduce the environmental impact of municipal activity. Barcelona City Council is working hard within the framework of the 2012-2022 Citizen Commitment to Sustainability to introduce sustainability criteria into its management and activities. To this end, it has developed the programme Ajuntament + Sostenible.
View the sustainable food criteria for municipal public procurement.