Food and Nutrient Flows

With global population projected to rise to 9.8 billion by 2050, food production and distribution to satisfy demand will become an even more pressing issue. Combined with the challenges of global climate change, including the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts, further research and policy shifts are needed in order to ensure sufficient food supply for the population towards the end of the century.

We have conducted a range of research projects mapping food flows for the UK population, with particular focus on nutrient and calorie requirements, food waste and consumer behaviours. A selection of our publications can be found here.

Global calorie flows
Berners-Lee et al. 2018.
Current global food production is sufficient to meet human nutritional needs in 2050 provided there is radical societal adaptation. Elem Sci Anth, 6(1), p.52