An increasing number of people in Europe are worried about the quality of the food they are eating as well as the environmental and social impact of its production. More and more people are therefore trying to eat locally, organic, etc. Despite this enthusiasm, access to quality food is limited to people with low incomes. All over Europe, initiatives are seeking to create spaces and experiences that take into account both the environmental and social impact of products as well as the need to facilitate access to quality food for all.

Below are examples of the different types of actions (in orange) and policies (in green) that aim to facilitate access to food.

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Community supported agriculture (CSA)

The CSA initiatives consist in creating a direct link between consumers and producers, taking into account the environmental and social impact of the production process.

Network of CSA initiatives :

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AMAP - CSA (Community-supported agric...
AMAP ("Associations for the maintenance of peasant agriculture") appeared in France in the early 2000s. It is a scheme that provides consumers with direct access to produce and allows growers to pl...
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GAS (Gruppi di Aquisto Solidale)
Most notably developed in Italy, GAS ("solidarity purchase groups") bring together consumers who wish to buy products as a collective from one or more producers.
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Sharing a building
Shared housing experiences, such as neighbours living in the same building, may result in better organisation and sharing of resources, thus facilitating greater access to all involved. Take for ex...
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In the face of industrial modes of mass production, the DIY "Do It Yourself" initiative has emerged as a way to reclaim the means of production - reducing both cost and production in a framework that takes into account the social and environmental impact.

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Community gardens
Community gardens are those that are shared, cultivated and managed by a community of residents.
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Cultivation and production on all ter...
Particularly in the context of the present economic climate, initiatives are emerging in communities across Europe that involve the planting of any suitable piece of land and sharing the produce gr...
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Avoiding waste

Nearly 50% of healthy, edible food is wasted each year in the European Union, while nearly 115 million people are at risk of poverty or social exclusion and 16 million depend on food aid charities. This waste amounts to 89 million tonnes per year, or 179 kg per person, excluding waste in the sector of agricultural production and the fish thrown back into the sea. Food waste occurs throughout the production and supply chain, from the stages of agricultural production to final consumption, through storage, processing, distribution and management. In response to this situation, some experiences consist in recollecting the food in order to avoid waste.

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Solidarity eatery

Access to quality food can also be done through solidarity eateries. There are in place many projects that provide access to low-income familes, groups or individuals, with certain restaurants or "eateries" catering to a diverse audience of all social backgrounds.

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ALL examples of Actions and Policies

  • Please note: ACTIONS (in orange) and POLICIES (in green)

Released Ex-colorificio /Project Rebeldia

Auteur : alessandra sciurba - Publié le : 2013-07-22 11:03 -

The Project Rebeldia, a social center which was for two years without a space to carry out its activities, together with the Municipality of the Commons (consisting of groups and citizens' associations that have always worked with the Project Rebeldia) occupied a former paint factory (Ex Colorificio), located in an industrial area of a multinational of about 14,000 metres, and which had been abandoned for 5 years. The main purpose of the occupation was to return it to the associations and citizen groups as a shared and common good; a place for the provision of many different activities and services to the city.

La Trobada

Auteur : Louise Hain - Publié le : 2013-07-18 21:45 -

A social “time restaurant” providing quality meals for everyone: unemployed persons can trade 2 hours’ work for a free meal.

Consumers' Schools

Auteur : Louise Hain - Publié le : 2013-07-02 11:07 -

The consumers’ schools provide a place for exchanges, training and information for inhabitants around challenges of their dailylife (budgeting/food/consumption/health…)

Reclaim, Refresh, Rejuce

Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-06-10 14:22 -

Rejuce: redirecting food surpluses from local markets/supermarkets and transforming it into healthy socio/enviro/eco friendly soups and smoothies.


Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-05-27 15:37 -

The Association of social promotion Bio-rekk is a GAS group in Padua, Italy that undertakes both educational and economic activities to raise awareness of ethical/environmentally responsible consumption and provide a practical means for local consumers to purchase ethical/responsible products.

Incredible Edible

Auteur : Anne-Iris Romens - Publié le : 2013-05-13 13:32 -

Plant - Water - Share these are the three key words of this citizens' initiative Planter – Arroser – Partager voici les trois mots clé de cette initiative citoyenne

The London Orchard Project

Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-05-10 08:54 -

Urban fruit for urban communities – developing a skilled community of Londoners to plant, care for and harvest fruit trees, thereby connecting urban communities and increasing access to fresh fruit.

Shared Condominium

Auteur : alessandra sciurba - Publié le : 2013-04-26 12:58 -

Confabitare, an association of residents of condominiums, owners or tenants, organised within a single project of two actions: 1 - Organisation within the condominium of a shared food expenditure through a condominium purchasing group. 2 - Sharing of caring needs for the elderly through a shared "care worker" of the condominium.


Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-04-19 09:00 -


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