Changing menus, focus on sustainable production: COP28 focuses more on food

The summit, which takes place between 30 November and 12 December, gathers together heads of state and significant figures to tackle the challenge of the climate crisis.

Last year’s summit saw the inclusion of a pavilion​ dedicated to food for the first time. This year will see the summit pushing for an even greater focus on food​ and the way in which it impacts the climate.

Many of the events’ sessions focus on food, from the macro – transforming food systems – to the micro – rethinking school meals to align with sustainability. 

Food-based solutions

COP28 provides a high-profile platform for food and beverage-based solutions to a problem that is inexorably linked with the food industry.

It’s the best platform to showcase food security and climate-mitigating solutions to politicians, who are in charge of political will​,” Aleh Manchuliantsau, whose start-up, Planetary, of which he is the CEO, will have a stand at the Tech and Innovation Hub in the second week of the event, told FoodNavigator.

AI-enabled scientific advances can be fast, but dealing with the physical world’s realities we’re stuck in the rigidity of established systems. We don’t invest in new equipment until we amortize the old ones. We block new players to the market because we want to keep our market share and profits​.”

Planetary is one of a range of companies utilising side streams​, in this case breweries’ spent yeast, by transforming it into alternative protein. It hopes to use the event to speak to representatives from NGOs, governments and business in order to collaborate to build facilities that can upcycle spent yeast. Breweries in Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria and Belgium have already expressed interest.