New SUSFANS consortium builds framework to underpin EU-wide food policies
A new consortium has been created with the aim of mapping out the influence of consumer behaviour and producer choices on the nutritional adequacy and sustainability of dietary patterns.
The European project SUSFANS (Metrics, Models and Foresight for Sustainable Food and Nutrition Security) consortium will identify how nutritional health and food production in the EU can be better aligned. The goal is to identify a future food consumption and production that will lead to sustainable food and nutrition security in the European Union.
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.