Health and nutrition in the context of sustainable food systems


The food system is complex yet interconnected to various other important systems, for example, healthcare and natural biological systems. Global food systems are at a pivotal turning point, and there is increased attention to transforming food systems so that they benefit nature, ensure healthy and safe diets, provide fair wages and livelihoods, and are prosperous. Food systems encompass everything from food production (and the ecological systems that underlie it) to the processing, packaging, distribution, retail, and consumption of foods, with many critical outcomes vital to sustainable development. Such outcomes include providing diets for nutrition, supporting livelihoods, and contributing to environmental and social benefits.