Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Master challenge: the UK food system

The UK food system is increasingly globalised, which means it can often be prone to periodic scares and crises. UK consumers will be only too aware of the challenges of the food system, which they experience through rising food prices and scares about the provenance of meat products. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA), under the Global Food Security programme are funding five grants under the ‘Understanding the Challenges of the Food System’ call.

Dr Faith Ikioda and Dr Wendy Wills and other colleagues at the University of Hertfordshire have
received funding as part of this programme, to investigate the views and experiences of people aged 60+ in terms of how they acquire food.

Increasingly people are living longer in the UK and predictions say this is set to continue. A significant minority of older people have ongoing health conditions and for those aged over 85 up to two thirds has a disability or limiting long term illness. These older people might therefore become vulnerable through the food that they eat and this is therefore a research priority in terms of impact on the UK food system, quality of life for individuals, better public health outcomes, reducing the burden of disease and disability not to mention the resultant economic benefits for the UK.

The research will be undertaken over a two year period and will involve households of older people living in Hertfordshire and the surrounding area. For further information contact Dr Faith Ikioda or Dr Wendy Wills or visit http://www.esrc.ac.uk/news-and-events/press-releases/31583/master-challenge-the-uk-food-system.aspx.

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