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Food & Healthy Diet

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.


Search for funding opportunities related to food and diet in the Participant Portal.

Events

21/11/2014
Brussels,

Attend the 21 November info day in Brussels to get first-hand information on the coming call for proposals under Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2. The info day will take place at the Charlemagne building, Rue de la Loi, 170. Read more

Multimedia

20/06/2014

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

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

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

Project stories

16/10/2014

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

12/10/2014

Around one third of all food for human consumption is lost or wasted along the supply chain according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). A European Union (EU)-funded research project, NovelQ, has developed new processing technologies to keep food fresh over a longer period of time, potentially saving the billion tonnes of meat, fish, fruit and vegetables that might end up being thrown away each year. Read more

29/09/2014

In the food industry, a cold chain is a temperature-controlled supply chain that ensures and extends product shelf life. This chain is vital as 60% of the food we eat needs to be kept in cool temperatures to stay fresh. Despite its obvious need, refrigeration uses 8% of all energy and is responsible for 2.5% of greenhouse gas emissions globally. Reducing this energy use and its resulting emissions is crucial. Read more

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