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Commission consults on food security

The European Commission has launched an online consultation on how science and innovation can help the EU to ensure enough food is available in the world.

The consultation aims to inform the debate on a future research agenda to tackle global food security challenges and will focus on areas where EU research have the strongest impact, such as public health, food safety, and reducing food waste, the Commission said in a statement on 13 April. The results of the consultation will also be used to increase understanding of food markets and access to food.

The consultation is linked to the theme of this year’s Universal Exhibition (Expo Milano 2015), “Feeding the planet, energy for life”, which will be held in Milan between May and October. A discussion document, called The role of research in global food and nutrition security was published by the Expo 2015 EU Scientific Steering Committee on 13 April and aims to open a debate on global food security and sustainability.

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