Date: 14 June 2022

Time: 2:00-3:30pm BST | 9:00-10:30am EDT

Forum for the Future, as convenor of the Edible Fats and Oils collaboration, invites you to join this online event to explore how to build a just and regenerative future for edible fats and oils in a time of multiple global challenges. 

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Fats and oils are an essential part of a healthy and nutritionally balanced diet for both humans and livestock and are widely consumed as palm, soy, coconut and sunflower oil, amongst others. However, the way we produce and consume fats and oils raises major sustainability challenges for people and planet. Exciting new models and research, such as new forms of agroforestry, are beginning to emerge to tackle these challenges.

Recent shocks and global disruptions have dramatically impacted production and trade around the world, posing new questions and reigniting old ones. The conflict in Ukraine and the heatwave in South Asia have brought into sharp focus the need for both security and flexibility of supply. Urgent action to meet global demands for oil has highlighted the interconnected nature of the food system but what are the consequences of pivoting oils and supply chains? Have we just transported problems around the world? Are sustainability and human rights standards being upheld in times of crisis? What might viable supply chains of the future look like, which address these questions?

These challenges have highlighted the need for a fundamental shift in thinking, toward an approach that can face today’s challenges while keeping a long term view. How do we create a future for edible fats and oils that equitably benefits and sustainably meets the needs of all? How can we be flexible and sustainable, enable rapid transformation and meet global needs, while ensuring regenerative and just outcomes?

The Edible Fats and Oils Collaboration has co-developed the Breaking down fats and oils report to provide a unique analysis of the supply chain from production to consumption for edible oils, for use as a tool kit to support decision making and policy development. The process has also provided insight to exploring complex systemic questions in food value chains.

Join this webinar to explore how edible fats and oils production and consumption can be ‘future fit’:

  • The role of the edible fats and oils industry: The response to the current crisis, the resulting impacts and what we are learning.
  • The key insights from the Breaking down fats and oils report, published by the Edible Fats and Oils Collaboration and how it can be used as a tool to contribute to future decision making.
  • Sustainability as an enabler of long-term resilience and security of supply, rather than a constraint – and how to keep this front and centre of decision making.
  • Enabling just and regenerative production models for edible fats and oils - beyond surviving a crisis, to long term equity and sustainability. Examples of trailblazing action.
  • Building and embedding just and regenerative outcomes into the edible fats and oils system – how can it be flexible, adaptable and resilient to global challenges including climate change?
  • Highlight future challenges and determine what’s required to progress.
  • Test interest in further exploration of the future of value chains for edible fats and oils.

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This webinar will be relevant for sourcing, sustainability, marketing and innovation professionals in food brands, retailers and food manufacturers, as well as policy makers, relevant industry associations and certification bodies.