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CONTENTS I DECEMBER 2017

Food Systems & People's Health
Sustainable Diets
Commercial Determinants
EU Food & Drink Policy
Research Highlights

Food systems & people's health

Healthy diets for all: A key to meeting the SDGs

by Global Panel on Agriculture & Food Systems for Nutrition

Policy brief on the central role of high quality diets and nutrition in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Image credit
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Unravelling the Food-Health Nexus

by International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems

This IPES-Food report identifies the multiple impacts of food and agricultural systems on human health, while examining their political economy. Image credit
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Incentives and disincentives for reducing sugar in manufactured foods

by WHO Regional office for Europe

An exploratory supply chain analysis on the incentives and disincentives to using sugar in manufactured foods throughout the “sugar supply chain”. Image credit
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Opportunities and Challenges for Research on Food and Nutrition Security and Agriculture in Europe

by European Academies’ Science Advisory Council

A wide-ranging report from national science academies across Europe mapping the challenges and opportunities for action on food and nutrition. Image credit
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Counting the Beans - the true cost of a plate of food around the world

by World Food Programme

Where in the world is the most expensive plate of food? This publication exposes the relative price of a nutritious meal in countries around the globe when compared to the average daily income. Image credit
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Sustainable diets

The Livestock Levy: are regulators considering meat taxes?

by FAIRR Initiative

With over 180 countries imposing a tax on tobacco, 60 jurisdictions taxing carbon and at least 25 taxing sugar, an upcoming report will explore whether meat may be the next product on this list.
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Food Sustainability Index 2017

by Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation

The Food Sustainability Index 2017, written by The Economist Intelligence Unit, covers 34 countries and assesses three pillars: sustainable agriculture; nutritional challenges; and food loss and waste.
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Commercial determinants

Milking It

by Changing Markets Foundation

"How Milk Formula Companies are Putting Profits Before Science". This report presents the first global investigation into infant milk marketing strategies by the four leading manufacturers. Image credit
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Fool Me Twice

by Vital Strategies

New report finds the same unacceptable practices used by tobacco industry to undermine health are now being employed by the food and alcohol industries. Image credit
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Agrifood Atlas

by Heinrich Böll Foundation, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Friends of the Earth

"Facts and figures about the corporations that control what we eat". Report arguing for a socially and politically oriented regulation of the agrifood industry. Image credit
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EU food & drink policy

EESC calls for comprehensive food policy in the EU
Own-initiative opinion by the European Economic and Social Committee
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The time is ripe for simplified front-of-pack labelling 
Statement by BEUC, EHN, EPHA
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Future-proof food and farming must do better for health
EPHA on CAP Communication
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Results of 'Fitness Check' of EU Common Agricultural Policy
by German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research
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Council Conclusions on cross-border aspects in alcohol policy
by the Council of the EU
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EU health Work Programme 2018
by European Commission DG Health & Food Safety
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Research highlights

Agriculture production as a major driver of the Earth system exceeding planetary boundaries

Campbell et al. (2017) Ecology and Society

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Evaluating the environmental impacts of dietary recommendations

Behrens et al. (2017) PNAS

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Child happiness linked to healthy eating

by Science Daily, based on Arvidsson et al. (2017) BMC Public Health

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Children attending schools with Farm to School programmes eat more fruits & vegetables

by Science Daily, based on University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

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Given current trends, over half US children will be obese as adults

by Science Daily, based on Zachary et al. (2017) New England Journal of Medicine

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