The Torino Food Metrics Report 2022: A snapshot of the urban food system to design future policies
Where do the Torino citizens go shopping? Can they consume food they have grown by themselves? Do they eat with a healthy diet? These are just some of the questions that the ‘Torino Food Metrics 2022‘ report can answer.
The Torino Food Metrics Report – in its 2022/second edition – depicts the state of Turin’s urban food system, highlighting its transformations and – consequently – the effectiveness of public policies aimed at increasing its environmental sustainability, social equity, and economic competitiveness.
An analysis was carried out based on a set of indicators that can be updated periodically, which draws inspiration from the virtuous experience of the city of New York.
There are many initiatives implemented and joined by the City of Turin for which food policies are an important part of its competencies and to which the city administration contributes its effort the best. Since last year, Torino has created a working group between different departments, which is concentrating the analysis and efforts on four pillars:
- Environmental sustainability and circular economy,
- Food safety and waste,
- Urban agriculture, and
- Cultural promotion.
This approach guarantees and improves the governance process, by making the most of the existing conditions and promoting new synergies with institutions and the region, in close dialogue with the activities of the Food Atlas (Atlante del Cibo).
The FUSILLI project oversees Turin, together with 11 other European cities, in a four-year process of participatory construction of local food policies and the strengthening of the sustainability of the urban food system, based on circular economy best practices. Throughout this period a set of concrete actions are developed and implemented by the municipality and the local partners. The publication of the 2022 edition of the Torino Food Metrics Report thus has a significant value as one of the key activities carried out by the City of Turin within FUSILLI.
The 2022 edition of the Torino Food Metrics Report has a significant value, as it constitutes one of the key activities carried out by the City of Turin within the FUSILLI project.
The FUSILLI project involves Torino , together with eleven other European cities, in a four-year process of participatory construction of local food policies and the development and implementation of concrete actions aimed at strengthening the sustainability of the urban food system, based on circular economy best practices.
From a methodological point of view, this second edition of the report has updated most of the indicators used in the previous one, in some cases modifying them slightly to make them clearer and more effective. See the previous edition: Torino Food Metric Report 2021. Moreover, starting with the next editions, factors which had not been analyzed in the previous editions are investigated more thoroughly by inserting of new indicators. This update will be implemented in the next 2023 report.
The Torino Food Metrics Report 2022 is therefore based on a set of 109 indicators, divided into 9 main sections: food supply; processing industry; urban agriculture; food safety; healthy, ecological and supportive public purchases; food, nutrition and health; circular economy; training and research; tourism and gastronomy.
For each section, the indicators have been described and graphically represented, using tables, graphs, infographics, and maps. Where possible, comparisons were also made with data relating to previous years, paying particular attention to changes that could be related to the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. The analysis was done at the scale of the municipal level, even if, in some cases, the data are represented on the district or neighborhood scale.
The Torino Food Metrics Report was developed with the scientific support of the Università di Torino, Department of Culture, Politics and Society, Atlante del Cibo Torino Metropolitana group.