Olivier de Schutter, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food recently announced that he is proud to be an Open Food Network (OFN) ambassador. In voicing his support for OFN, De Shutter notes that he has been working on food issues for more than 10 years. He notes that throughout that time he arrived at 3 ‘rules’:
- Consume local as much as possible,
- For distant products, focus on fair trade which pays producers fairly and supports local communities,
- As much as possible, choose fresh products that are cooked at home versus processed foods
De Schutter notes that the Open Food Network globally offers a “digital highway” that enables different eaters and producers in a given territory to connect and build initiatives together and support food sovereignty. He notes that in the digital era, such tools are essential for alternative food systems to develop.