The Fédération Française des Diabétiques calls for an ambitious national strategy for food, nutrition and climate

08 June 2023

As proposed by members of the Citizens Convention for Climate in 2019, and specified in the 2021 Climate and Resilience Act, the French government is required to present a “national strategy for food, nutrition and climate” (SNANC).

The Fédération Française des Diabétiques (FFD), a member of IDF Europe, and a group of 85 environmental, consumer, health and solidarity organisations, co-signed an open letter to the French Prime Minister and published a joint statement, to ask for the SNANC to be ambitious and truly meet the current and future ecological, social and public health challenges.

In particular, the FFD is calling on the government to:

  • guarantee clear information on the nutritional quality and environmental impact of food products. The FFD supports the mandatory use of the Nutriscore on all food products in France.
  • drastically limit advertising for products of low nutritional quality, particularly when targeted at children.
  • raise awareness and educate people about healthy, sustainable food.
  • ensure that the SNANC is consistent with the objectives of the European strategy “From Farm to Fork”.

This SNANC is a critical tool to help address some of today’s and tomorrow’s challenges including the rising prevalence of chronic diseases such as diabetes and cancer, taking into account the vast share of France’s food production sector in the country’s overall carbon footprint (a quarter).