UPCOMING REPORT: 'The Health Impacts of Food Systems'

IPES-Food is now producing a scoping paper to review the evidence on the various impacts of food systems on human health. The paper, requested by the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, will identify information gaps, areas of contestation, and asking how the emerging evidence is translated into policy.

This paper seeks to answer the following research questions:

  • What are the main health impacts associated with food systems, their costs and on whom does the burden fall?
  • Is there scientific consensus on how and why these impacts occur, to what extent can they be attributed to food systems activities, and on how to quantify them?
  • What are the key debates, gaps, and controversies? 
  • What are the recurrent ‘evidence problems’ in food systems? What is preventing us from coming to common understandings and taking action to address these problems?
  • How can the evidence base be strengthened and used to underpin food system reform?

The paper, due for completion in mid-2017, is intended to complement the work being undertaken to capture the true costs and benefits of food systems under the TEEBAgriFood project (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Agriculture and Food).