Chill-Food: Instilling the Local Food Chain in the Mindset of Children for a Sustainable Future

Our Mission

“Chill-Food” is an expert procedure project that started with the observation that internationally, countries point at the indispensability and influence of local food preservation to achieve sustainable production methods and feeding solutions. We have developed a vision that one of the ways to achieve these preservation and sustainability goals, is by securing this local food chain into the minds of the younger generations (from 6 to 14), thereby actively inspiring young people to engage, innovate and work with food.

Our “Chill-Food” initiative brings together a national team of experts from seven local-food chain perspectives: health, culture and tradition, environment, agriculture and production, consumption, technology and innovation and food waste. Our mission is to evaluate based on the experts’ intellectual vision and practical recommendations the relevance of the integration of this local food knowledge and all its related aspects in the mindset of children to achieve the sustainable feeding and development solutions.


 Our Approach:

The answering of this question will be achieved through four separate phases, wherein the experts meet in person to reach a consensus. They will each express their extensive know-how and practical experience on one specific ‘local food-chain’ perspective. In evaluating the guiding question, it is valuable to encompass all these different perspectives because food cannot be approached as a single concern anymore.

The results are published in a report online, in print and/or via other online platforms, of which the experts are the authors and ambassadors. The published report will be freely accessible to everyone, which complies with our mission of transparently providing expert knowledge and vision to the public. The report acts as a vehicle to boost existing initiatives and solutions on food sustainability and children, and, to create new spin-off activities.

Italy and the Netherlands:

The initiative will be developed in parallel in two countries, Italy and the Netherlands, with two diverse, national expert groups. In this way, Italy and the Netherlands could set the example for similar follow-up expert procedures in other countries around the world. The group of 9 Italian experts from organizations such as Slow Food Italia, Future Food Institute and Rete InCampagna will address the main topic starting in April 2019. 

The extensive knowledge about food and its aspects is not always communicated to the younger generations (6-15), who are the ones that have to implement the solutions in the future. It becomes interesting to communicate this to younger people since they are usually captivated by a variety of fields and can therefore address the food issues from more sides, meaning more solutions. Integrating all perspectives when discussing local food involves the younger generations to think, act and empower food and sustainability issues on all levels. Perhaps if children have a basic knowledge about local food and all its aspects, they will be able to create a new kind of interaction with the food they eat.