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Food & Healthy Diet

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Consumers need to have access to safe, healthy, high quality and affordable food. The challenge is how to ensure that these basic human needs are met for optimal health and well-being, while protecting the environment and ensuring that the European food and drink industry is able to develop its full growth potential, provide new jobs, and remain competitive in the global market place.

Food and healthy diet research aims to generate new knowledge and innovation through activities that will address the following issues:
 

Promoting informed consumer choices

Research focuses on the preferences, attitudes, needs, behaviour, lifestyle and education of consumers.
The activities aim at investigating diet related diseases (obesity, anorexia) and promoting sustainable eating choices through social innovation, innovative models and methodologies. Moreover, the activities aim at enhancing communication between consumers, the food industry and the research community so that gaps in transfer of knowledge can be filled and the concerns of citizens addressed by new and innovative means.
 

Delivering strategic solutions for healthy and safe foods and diets for all

Research on healthy foods and diets focuses on the nutritional needs and the impact of food on physiological functions and physical and mental performance. The activities aim at studying the links between diet, ageing, chronic disease and disorders and dietary patterns and aim to identify dietary solutions and innovations leading to improvements in health and well-being. Research on safe foods and diets focuses on chemical and biological hazards throughout the total food, feed and drinking water supply chains with regard to risk and exposure assessment, monitoring, control and tracing. Moreover, to meet international challenges in trade, the activities also focus on the development of improved food safety standards.
 

Creating opportunities for a sustainable and competitive agri-food industry, through innovation in food processing

Research includes all stages: food design, packaging, process design and control, waste reduction and by-product valorisation. It addresses critical issues such as affordable and high quality foods, traceability, logistics and services, socio-economic factors, and the limitation of negative impacts on the environment and climate change. In particular, it addresses sustainability concerns linked to social, environmental, and economic change.

This approach will contribute to achieving healthy diets, food safety and security for all Europeans and ultimately aim to help eradicate hunger in the world.


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Events

From 28/06/2015 - 02:00 to 01/07/2015 - 02:00
Leiden, The Netherlands,

This year the theme for the conference is Global Outreach: Enabling Cultures and Diversity in Research Management and Administration. This theme reflects the growing need and ambition to reach out and get connected and work together globally. Cooperating not only in the field of scientific research & innovation and higher education but also in the field of research management and administration. Read more

Multimedia

20/06/2014 - 12:13

In 30 years’ time, there will be 150 million older people living in the EU. Where will you live? What kind of shape will you be in? Will you still be healthy and independent? Society is ageing. But making sure our golden years are happier and healthier is not just down to the individual, it’s also down to the whole society, public and private sectors together. Improving the quality of life of older people is a priority for the European Commission. Read more

27/05/2014 - 17:51

This short video animation will guide you through the first steps you will need to take to apply to Horizon 2020. Read more

27/05/2014 - 17:32

Find out more about Horizon 2020 in this three minute animation clip which will give you a general overview of the programme specifics. Read more

News

12/12/2014 - 16:03

This year, the EU stand in the World of Science and Technology (Stand number 30 in the Industries Hall) has a special focus on Food Research - so drop in and find out more about what the EU is doing in the area of Food Research - we look forward to meeting you! Read more

27/11/2014 - 13:18

How can research in food and diets address how we will live and eat in 2050? By supporting the move towards individualised diets; by ensuring the sustainability of the future food system; by improving our understanding of links between food, nutrients and health; and by focusing on integrated policy-making. These are the main findings of a new foresight report that will support work done under Horizon 2020, the EU's Funding Programme for Research and Innovation for 2014-2020. Read more

Project stories

12/01/2015 - 16:15

Mycotoxins – produced by fungi – contaminate about 25 % of food crops worldwide, according to the latest estimates. Detecting contamination quickly and reliably is essential for food safety, as mycotoxins could be transferred to bread, for instance, making it unsafe to eat. The MYCOHUNT project developed a system that can sniff out mycotoxins almost immediately. It is expected to be on the market within two years. Read more

04/11/2014 - 17:42

The European Union (EU)-funded research project MusselsAlive has created better methods for handling, transporting, storing and reducing waste in the mussel industry. In particular, the team has developed new holding systems that can help keep the mussels fresher for longer on their journey to the consumer. Read more

16/10/2014 - 14:21

Global demand for food is expected to increase by 70% by 2050, while a steep increase in biomass use will also put pressure on agriculture. Feeding the world without damaging the environment is the focus of World Food Day 2014 – and the goal of several EU-funded research projects. Read more

Publications

01/04/2015 - 13:30

For three decades, the EU Framework Programmes have been funding breakthroughs across Europe. RTD’s Horizon Magazine looks at the people and events that have helped shape European research policy, taking you behind the scenes during the pivotal moments from the last 30 years of research funding. These articles have been brought together into a special Horizon supplement to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Framework Programmes. Read more

Press Release

05/02/2015 - 16:40

With the support of the European Research Council (ERC) "Proof of Concept" grants, 59 researchers in Europe will now get the chance to turn their inventions into viable products. Read more

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