The rise of sustainable food in Brussels

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The rise of sustainable food in Brussels

What's happening in Brussels in the field of sustainable food? Find out via the results and recommendations of 6 participatory action research projects that we funded over the past three years.

The rise of sustainable food in Brussels

What's happening in Brussels in the field of sustainable food?

Find out via the results and recommendations of 6 participatory action research projects that we funded over the past three years.
Falcoop project

  • Is it possible to jointly develop a logistical solution for the distribution of local produce?

  • How can we make sustainable food accessible to everyone?

  • How can we support sustainable agricultural projects on small areas?

  • When can we speak of a sustainable food system?

These questions were analysed by Choud’Bruxelles, Cosyfood, Falcoop, Solenprim, Spincoop and Ultratree, projects resulting from the first project call by the Co-create programme.

Through this funding program, we want to bring the people of Brussels, entrepreneurs, researchers and non-profit organisations closer together to jointly seek solutions for the current and future urban challenges. The motto? Each citizen can become a researcher and turn Brussels into their laboratory. 

 

The added value for Brussels

Why did we choose the theme 'sustainable food systems’ for Co-create's first project call?

Cosyfood

Sustainable food systems provide an answer to various socio-economical challenges facing the Brussels-Capital Region.

These systems are supported by a primarily locally established value chain, from food production to waste management. This local nature creates lasting employment. In addition, sustainable food systems guarantee easy access to fresh and healthy quality food for under-privileged population groups.

Sustainable food systems are also better for the environment and lead to faster water drainage, a limitation of the heat island effect, the preservation of biodiversity in Brussels, and create a market for the city's organic waste.


“The main achievement of the Co-create programme is that it has brought together parties from various backgrounds (public institutions, researchers, non-profit organisations, policy makers, etc.) around the theme 'sustainable food'. This breakdown of factions was essential, and created a space for new proposals. "The results of the projects were, for instance, used in a round of consultations to underpin the intermediate evaluation of the Brussels policy strategy on sustainable food, (the Good Food strategy),” says Isabelle Bayart, co-ordinator of the Co-create Support Centre.

 

Participatory action research and living labs

Since 2015, Innoviris has been increasingly focussing on co-creation and civic participation through its programmes Co-create and Test-it. Through participatory research, we want to ensure that all stakeholders are involved in the research process right from the start, from the drafting of the research questions about the experiments and approval of the results to the valorisation.

 

Want to find out more?

Would you like to receive more information about the sustainable food projects? Check out our information brochures!

ChoudBruxelles

Choud'Bruxelles (FR or NL)

Sustainable distribution of local products

  Cosyfood

 Cosyfood (FR or NL)

The definition of sustainable food systems

Falcoop

 Falcoop (FR or NL)

Sustainable food through a co-operative supermarket

  Solenprim

Solenprim (FR or NL)

Sustainable food in the food aid industry

Spincoop

Spincoop (FR or NL)

Feasibility of the Spin Farming Model

  Ultratree

Ultratree (FR or NL)

Sustainable agriculture on a small surface


All information about co-creation and the other on-going projects can be found on the website of the Co-create Support Centre.

Would you like to actively participate in the Co-create programme? Then please watch our Co-create page!