OUR RESEARCH VISION: A world where everyone can access safe, nutritious and sustainable food
The 2019 EAT-Lancet report highlighted food as one of the greatest health and environmental challenges of the 21st century. Soaring population growth, climate change and the double burden of under-nutrition/obesity are complex, global challenges that require a fundamental rethinking of how we farm and produce food. Healthy populations and a healthy natural environment are at the core of this challenge. Our distinctive strengths map onto the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals and fit with the global focus on the importance of food for health – that of humans, animals and the planet.
We promote cross-fertilisation of the latest science, both within the university and with partners around the world. We work closely with stakeholders across industry, government and NGOs. This interdisciplinary approach drives impact at local, national and international levels. Key examples include the Elliott Review on UK food systems after the horsemeat scandal and determining the impact of intensive animal farming on climate change and land use. In 2021, the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) designated IGFS an IAEA Collaborating Centre, recognising its global reach in food safety, authenticity and traceability.