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In the coalition agreement, the federal government announced a nutrition strategy until 2023. The #ErnahrungungswendeAnacken alliance of 22 associations has drawn up a position paper for a future-oriented nutrition strategy, which it will present in the run-up to the launch event of the Federal Ministry of Food for the development of the nutrition strategy. on June 29. It proposes concrete measures so that everyone can eat in a healthy and sustainable way.

Berlin, June 27, 2022:

The #ErnahrungswendeAnschlacht initiative welcomes the fact that the Traffic Light Coalition wants to develop a nutrition strategy for Germany by 2023 in order to “create a healthy environment for nutrition and exercise”. Now the federal government must quickly present ambitious goals and a clear timetable for the implementation of the most important measures.

The basis, model and vision for the development of the nutrition strategy should be a socially just, health promoting, environmentally friendly and animal welfare nutrition policy for Germany. The nutrition strategy and the actions defined in it must have sufficient financial resources. Nutritional change will not be achieved without investment. To ensure that the measures are implemented in a binding manner, concrete indicators of success must be developed.

Transparency and Participation

A change in nutrition can only be successful if it has broad public support. In this context, the partnership calls for transparent planning and the involvement of relevant scientific and professional groups, as well as civil society associations, in the preparation of the nutrition strategy to 2023 and in its implementation.

A strategy for everyone

The goals and actions of the nutrition strategy should be designed with a view to social justice. This applies in particular to low-income sections of the population. A change in diet should lead to all people being able to eat healthy and sustainable food. Healthy and sustainable food should not be a privilege of high-income households, but a fundamental right of all.

The alliance considers the following specific measures to be essential:

· Financing of sustainable and health-promoting community restoration throughout the country and further development of the quality standards of the German Nutrition Society.

· Review of food taxation with the aim of making it socially fair, healthy, respectful of the environment and beneficial for animal welfare.

· Promotion of a plant-based diet with the aim of reducing the consumption of products of animal origin.

· Strengthening of socially fair, health-promoting and environmentally friendly nutritional skills at school and at work.

· Improve the qualification and anchoring of nutritional education and nutritional therapy in the health system.

· Mandatory regulation of food advertising aimed at children.

· Increase in minimum social security benefits in the fight against food poverty.

To achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the goals enshrined in the Paris Climate Agreement, “business as usual” is not an option. There is a broad consensus on this. Now, Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine has not only caused a painful humanitarian crisis, but also threatens global food security and makes it difficult for the global community to meet climate, biodiversity and sustainability goals.

Right now it is more important than ever that we create a long-term resilient food system for sustainable and healthy nutrition. We will only be able to withstand current and future challenges and crises if we think together about health, social justice and environmental compatibility.

Alliance #Nutrition Turnaround recommendation for a forward-looking nutrition strategy for download

The position paper is supported by: Professional Association of Pediatricians e. V. (BVKJ), professional association Oecotrophologie e. V. (VDOE), Working Group of German Medical Associations (BÄK), Federal Representation of Medical Students, Germany e. V. (bvmd), Federal Dental Association, Working Group of German Dental Associations (BZÄK), Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft e. V. (BÖLW), The Parity Association, German Obesity Society e. V. (DAG) Working Group on Obesity in Children and Adolescents (AGA) of the DAG, German Alliance for Climate Change and Health (KLUG), German Society for Nutritional Medicine e. V. (DGEM), German Network for School Feeding (DNSV), Ecological Institute, Network of Nutrition Councils, Institute for Global Nutrition, iSuN – Institute for Sustainable Nutrition, Münster University of Applied Sciences, Association of Physicians for the Nutrition (PAN), ProVeg , RAL Quality Association for Nutritional Competence eV , Slow Food Germany e. V., Association of Dieticians – German Federal Association e. V. (VDD), German Federation of Consumer Organizations (vzbv), WWF Germany

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