A new global research agenda for food

by Lawrence Haddad, Corinna Hawkes, Patrick Webb et al.
Nature Vol. 540, 1 December 2016

3 pp. 758 kB

Poor diet is the biggest contributor to the global burden of disease – more than sex, drugs, alcohol and tobacco combined. And only an overhaul of the global food system can correct the problem, write 7 food-policy experts in the journal Nature. Their editorial, timed to coincide with this week’s meeting in Rome of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the WHO, points out that both obesity and undernourishment threaten health around the globe. The researchers identify 10 key areas where further study could help facilitate the necessary paradigm shift. These include economic and commodity market reforms and climate-adaptive farming techniques.

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