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Policy briefing: Connecting food systems for co-benefits

This policy briefing by Kelly Parsons and Corinna Hawkes of the Centre for Food Policy outlines the connections and conflicts between health, environmental and economic goals in the food system.

Examples of such conflicts include: wanting to harvest fish to improve the health of diets, but needing to maintain fish stocks; reducing emissions through a shift away from livestock production vs. the current economic benefits of the livestock industry; and the limitations on farming that are posed by restricting pesticides such as neonicotinoids.

The briefing also identifies spaces where health, environmental and economic goals could be aligned, including the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, public procurement, startups and school fruit and vegetable schemes.

Read more here and download the full briefing - Connecting food systems for co-benefits: How can food systems combine diet-related health with environmental and economic policy goals? - 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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