25 March 2019

Paris Food Forum: an international event on gastronomy and the place of food, in Paris, in 2020

As part of a partnership between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and France, an international symposium entitled "Taste in the interests of consumer health and sustainable local development" was held on 22 March 2019. At this event, it was announced that an international forum on gastronomy and food would be held in Paris, in March 2020.
Participating in this symposium were Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, and José Graziano Da Silva, Director-General of FAO, and more than 200 people attended – including foreign ambassadors in France as well as representatives of civil society, the private sector, the farming profession and schools of hospitality management.

The symposium was part of a series of initiatives currently aimed at promoting French gastronomy, for which six ministers are leading efforts in championing it in France and abroad:
  • the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, with 5,000 restaurants taking part in Good France worldwide,
  • the Ministry of Economy and Finance: over 14,000 celebratory events across France,
  • the Ministry of Agriculture and Food: symposium with FAO and UNESCO,
  • the Ministry of National Education and Youth: 87 schools involved,
  • the Ministry of Culture and Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition.
The President of the Republic would like to see an international forum being organised in Paris, in March 2020, on the future of gastronomy and the place of food in our day-to-day lives. The Paris Food Forum will thus take place from 20 to 22 March 2020.

It is expected to bring together 500 professionals from the gastronomy, farming and food sectors, the aim being to get discussions going on the way gastronomy is changing, what constitutes a good diet and responsible consumption and production patterns. The President of the Republic has asked the Ambassador of France Philippe Faure and Chef Alain Ducasse to plan and promote the forum in France and abroad.

The Minister of Agriculture and Food, Didier Guillaume, drew attention to the fact that several French policies, the National Programme for Food and the EGalim Act among them, already advocate for a sustainable approach to food where the central concerns are respect for consumer health and for the environment, as well as a style of agriculture where producers are paid a fair price. It is with this same ambition in mind that the National Pact Against Food Waste has set the goal of halving loss and waste by 2025.

Furthermore, according to Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, one in three foreign visitors claims to choose France for its gastronomy.