Nuffield Study: What can farm­ers learn from sci­ence to improve the nutri­tion­al val­ue of our food? Health by Stealth

The agri­cul­tur­al sys­tems that have been built up over the past few decades have con­tributed great­ly to alle­vi­ate hunger and raise liv­ing stan­dards; they have served the pur­pose, but only up to a point. Our cur­rent food sys­tem is large­ly dri­ven by eco­nom­ic demand and pro­duc­tion pos­si­bil­i­ties, not nutri­tion­al goals. Thus, to be suc­cess­ful in the future, we require agri­cul­ture sys­tems that focus as much atten­tion on chang­ing eco­nom­ic demand as pro­duc­tion pos­si­bil­i­ties, along­side nutri­tion­al goals and opportunities.

This study has looked at the complex food web that is spun around farmers, retailers, marketers, nutritionists, researchers and consumers leading to the burgeoning incidence of dietary related diseases – Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) and obesity. In particular, it aims to look at our relationship with food, the production, the technology, the social science, our culture, traditions, taste and the opportunities.

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