Changing food cultures: challenges and opportunities for UK agriculture
The University of Exeter’s Centre for Rural Policy Research has released the report “Changing food cultures: challenges and opportunities for UK agriculture”. The report gives an overview of how UK agriculture might be affected by future changes in the food system, such as health concerns or increases in purchases of ready-meals and snacks.
The report makes several policy recommendations, including:
- Include nutritional quality in quality assurance schemes
- Encourage the cultivation and marketing of pulses, and
- Treat nutritional security as a public good.
View more details here and download the full report here (PDF link). Presentation slides about the report are available here (PDF link). See also the Foodsource chapter What is a healthy sustainable eating pattern?
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.