Switching European food systems for a just, healthy and sustainable dietary transition through knowledge and innovation

SWITCH purpose

The EU SWITCH project explores, in different EU regions, innovative strategies and technologies to facilitate the transition towards healthy and sustainable diets among EU citizens.


SWITCH accelerates behavioural shifts of European citizens towards more sustainable and healthy dietary patterns. In this process, research and innovation are used as a driver to increase knowledge and accessibility at all levels of the food system. We need to redesign EU food systems to integrate innovative solutions, providing tools to accelerate transitions towards healthy and sustainable dietary behaviours.

Horizon Europe

SWITCH is a four year research project that aims to accelerate the behavioural shift of European citizens towards more sustainable and healthy patterns, using research and innovation as a driver to increase knowledge, accessibility, and facilitation strategies at all levels of the food systems.

The SWITCH project has been funded by the Horizon Europe funding programme for research and innovation. It aims to tackle climate change, helps to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and boosts the EU’s competitiveness and growth.


The local food systems investigated in each SWITCH Hubs represent City Region Food Systems (CRFS) intended as geographical regions that include one or more urban centres and their surroundings, peri-urban and rural hinterland, across which people, food, goods, resources and ecosystem services flow, and encompasses all food system actors and activities over which the local/regional government have planning and intervention powers (FAO, 2021).



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