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Tackling food systems challenges: the role of food policy

This briefing from the Centre for Food Policy at City, University of London outlines the history and importance of food policies (such as mandatory health warning labels, dietary guidelines, or bans on destroying food waste) in influencing the food system.

The report recommends several steps for making food policies more effective, equitable and efficient, including taking a systems approach, managing trade-offs between different goals, using the Sustainable Development Goals as a framework, and embedding food into many different policy areas.

Read the full report, Rethinking Food Policy: A Fresh Approach to Policy and Practice - Brief 1: Tackling food systems challenges: the role of food policy, here (PDF link). See also the Foodsource chapter What can be done to shift eating patterns in healthier, more sustainable directions?

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Europe is the world's second-smallest continent by surface area, covering just over 10 million square kilometres or 6.8% of the global land area, but it is the third-most populous continent after Asia and Africa, with a population of around 740 million people or about 11% of the world's population. Its climate is heavily affected by warm Atlantic currents that temper winters and summers on much of the continent. In the European Union, farmers represent only 4.7% of the working population, yet manage nearly half of its land area.

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