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The Erasmus plus collaboration AESOP4FOOD aims to develop future leadership in sustainable food planning, to contribute to food security, food justice, and healthier environments.

It builds upon the need for sustainable food planning that is argued by the International Panel of Experts in Sustainable Food Systems in their “Common Food Policy for the European Union” and a ‘Long Food Movement’. These are setting a reform for the whole food system, bringing together the various sectoral policies that affect food production, processing, distribution, and consumption, and refocusing all actions on the transition to sustainability.

Planning for sustainable food production and food provision is more than ever urging us to look for more effective, equitable, and just approaches that radically change not only the way we grow food, but the very core of our living space.

AESOP4FOOD will create a joint interdisciplinary European learning activity on sustainable food planning for both students and teachers to foster European citizenship and democratic leadership. It will develop the discussion within academia and the planning professions on the need for sustainable food systems and collect and disseminate evidence of good practice in higher education by providing an inclusive open access course that makes use of digital environments and web-based collaboration that also is available for adult learners and learners with fewer opportunities.