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Glindys Virginia Luciano
Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD)
Glindys Virginia Luciano is an interdisciplinary young scientist and the network and strategic engagement manager at Young Professionals for Agriculture Development (YPARD). Glindys Virginia is driven to be a food systems and climate action leader. She believes the democratic participation of youth is crucial to properly transform food production, access, and consumption patterns in the fight against climate change. Prior to joining YPARD, she was the ELSA subject areas coordinator at the Euroleague for Life Sciences (ELLS), a network focused on supporting young scientists in life sciences. She is also a member of the UNFCCC constituency of Youth Non-Governmental Organizations (YOUNGO) agriculture working group.
Glindys Virginia is a graduate of Connecticut College (2016) and the Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague (2021) with an MSc in Agri-food systems and Rural Development with a focus on food processing and quality. Her research focus areas include food safety and quality, sensory food science and meat science.
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21/06 - 14:00Visit the agenda
Title of talk
Having it all: can food be safe, nutritious and sustainable?
21/06 - 14:50
Abstract of talk
The aim of this talk is to explore a young person’s perspective on the changing interplay between food safety, nutrition and sustainability. Is it possible to have safe, nutritious and sustainable food? Young people are spilling out onto the streets demanding swift action against the effects of climate change. We know that climate change is inextricably connected to sustainable and safe food production. The effects of climate change, compounded with the increase in demand for food, have pushed the environment to its tipping point. Factors such as the loss of biodiversity, soil erosion, etc. have created further challenges for ensuring food safety. With this in mind, our diets, along with food production, are a main contributor to environmental degradation.
Young people recognise the importance of diets and their impact on vulnerable communities and the environment. We are therefore demanding more healthy, balanced and sustainable diets. The push for a shift towards plant-based diets relates to health as well as ethical considerations about climate change and animal welfare. These sentiments were echoed at the UNFSS and at COP26. Many young people are adamant that shifting to foods that are less resource-intensive is a step in the right direction. With the increased demand for safe and healthy food products, the goal should also be to improve nutrition, economic and social well-being, and overall food security.
Finally, it is clear that approaching food safety independently from nutrition and sustainability does not work and will not be enough to find solutions to current challenges. In our view, it is possible that this approach will be outpaced quickly by new developments in science, societal expectations and policy targets. As we look towards the future, we ask for governments and institutions to better incorporate nutritional, environmental, social and economic considerations into future food safety assessments, so that they remain relevant and continue to meet new societal expectations.