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Food Systems, Natural Resources and Environment

Food is essential to our lives but has a deep impact on our planet, including deforestation, and on our health.  Our food systems are increasingly vulnerable because of climate change, population growth, industrial agricultural methods and consumption patterns. Alternatives are not only critical to feed an ever-increasing global population, while conserving natural assets, but are also an opportunity to boost the local and national food industry.

Food Systems will identify approaches to reduce the impact of food production on the environment and move towards sustainable food consumption. Interdisciplinary ground-breaking research on food technologies considers how these ensure food security and healthy food, sustainable consumption and consumer’s behaviour, cultures of food and human-animal relationships, and land use patterns enabling restoration of local and global ecosystems and will have a strong impact on policy and industry.