How to feed the planet? EC asks in survey

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 The survey is open to stakeholders, citizens and the scientific community
The survey is open to stakeholders, citizens and the scientific community

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The European Commission has launched an online survey for views on how science and innovation can best ensure there is enough food for people globally.

 The public consultation is open to stakeholders, citizens and the scientific community, said a statement from the European Union.

We want an open and forward-looking debate with stakeholders to encourage dynamic and evidence-based policy making to tackle the many pressing challenges associated with food and nutrition security.​”

The online survey is linked to a discussion paper “The Role of Research in Global Food and Nutrition Security​” by the Steering Committee. Questions in the survey are therefore based on the paper and focus on areas where the EU’s research efforts can have an impact, such as the importance of increasing food safety, reducing food waste, increasing equity in the food system and improving public health through nutrition.

The survey and the report are linked to the theme at this year's Universal Exhibition in Milan, "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life​". 

[The survey] will contribute to shape the EU's legacy for Expo 2015,​” added the statement.

Commissioner for education, culture, youth and sport and responsible for the Joint Research Centre Tibor Navracsics, added: “The European Union has a vital role to play in tackling the challenges associated with food and nutrition security and sustainability. Expo 2015 offers us a great opportunity to showcase what the EU is already doing in this field. I hope it will also breathe new life into our efforts and further foster international collaboration.​”

The survey will run till 1 September and results will be published on 15 October, ahead of World Food Day.

Link to the survey can be found here​.

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Global Food Security

Posted by Kenneth S. Marsh, Ph.D., CPP, CFS,

In 1970s one of best reports on post harvest food losses was Malcolm Bourne through National Academy of Sciences. He reported causes were variable and hard to pinpoint looses within a wide range, and Western scientists like quantified goals. But take lowest estimate and be 100% too high, you still have reasonable cause to reduce looses. Please include bringing local appropriate technologies to the fore.

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