Priority research questions for the UK food system

Ingram, J.S.I. and Wright, H.L and Foster, L. and Aldred, T. and Barling, D. and Benton, T.G. and Berryman, P.M. and Bestwick, C.S. and Bows-Larkin, A. and Brocklehurst, T.F. and Buttriss, J. and Casey, J. and Collins, H. and Crossley, D.S. and Dolan, C.S. and Dowler, E. and Edwards, R. and Finney, K.J. and Fitzpatrick, J.L. and Fowler, M. and Garrett, D.A. and Godfrey, J.E. and Godley, A. and Griffiths, W. and Houlston, E.J. and Kaiser, M.J. and Kennard, R. and Knox, J.W. and Kuyk, A. and Linter, B.R. and Macdiarmid, J.I. and Martindale, Wayne and Mathers, J.C. and McGonigle, D.F. and Mead, A. and Millar, S.J. and Miller, A. and Murray, C. and Norton, I.T. and Parry, S. and Pollicino, M. and Quested, T.E. and Tassou, S. and Terry, L.A. and Tiffin, R. and van de Graaf, P. and Vorley, W. and Westby, A. and Sutherland, W.J. and UNSPECIFIED and UNSPECIFIED (2013) Priority research questions for the UK food system. Food Security, 5 (5). pp. 617-636. ISSN 18764517

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The rise of food security up international political, societal and academic agendas has led to increasing interest in novel means of improving primary food production and reducing waste. There are however, also many 'post-farm gate' activities that are critical to food security, including processing, packaging, distributing, retailing, cooking and consuming. These activities all affect a range of important food security elements, notably availability, affordability and other aspects of access, nutrition and safety. Addressing the challenge of universal food security, in the context of a number of other policy goals (e.g. social, economic and environmental sustainability), is of keen interest to a range of UK stakeholders but requires an up-to-date evidence base and continuous innovation. An exercise was therefore conducted, under the auspices of the UK Global Food Security Programme, to identify priority research questions with a focus on the UK food system (though the outcomes may be broadly applicable to other developed nations). Emphasis was placed on incorporating a wide range of perspectives ('world views') from different stakeholder groups: policy, private sector, non-governmental organisations, advocacy groups and academia. A total of 456 individuals submitted 820 questions from which 100 were selected by a process of online voting and a three-stage workshop voting exercise. These 100 final questions were sorted into 10 themes and the 'top' question for each theme identified by a further voting exercise. This step also allowed four different stakeholder groups to select the top 7-8 questions from their perspectives. Results of these voting exercises are presented. It is clear from the wide range of questions prioritised in this exercise that the different stakeholder groups identified specific research needs on a range of post-farm gate activities and food security outcomes. Evidence needs related to food affordability, nutrition and food safety (all key elements of food security) featured highly in the exercise. While there were some questions relating to climate impacts on production, other important topics for food security (e.g. trade, transport, preference and cultural needs) were not viewed as strongly by the participants. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht and International Society for Plant Pathology.

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Keywords:advocacy, food production, food safety, food security, innovation, nutrition, private sector, research, retailing, safety, stakeholder, sustainability, United Kingdom
Subjects:D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D631 Food and Beverage Manufacture
D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D630 Food and Beverage Production
Divisions:College of Science > National Centre for Food Manufacturing
ID Code:33766
Deposited On:27 Nov 2018 11:35

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