The installation of the very first Youth Food Council on 9 October 2020 within Terra College is part of all kinds of sustainable activities. With the foundation “De New Lifestyle” – initiator of the Council – this meeting was organized at the Sugar terrain in the city of Groningen in the Netherlands on Sustainability Day. The day after the Dutch Food Week started, so the best opportunity to work on food, diversity, short chains, waste, health, to pay attention to economic and other aspects of food.
The council, existing of 10 Terra MBO and 4 Alfa College students, started their dialogue with administrators, producers, educators, researchers, policy workers – all of them too are consumers – on issues arising from a prior investigation of our Minstry of Agriculture, nature and food and several articles abour Sustainable food systems from Wageningen University. In doing so, they also establish the link between the scientific research and the approach of higher education and VET.
The Youth Food Council is invited to play a driving and critical role from the perspective of young people, to give education about food and food production a boost and optimally geared to the challenges and issues surrounding, among other things nitrogen problems, circular agriculture, food quality and availability and short chains.