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How can we make our food system more resilient against shocks, whilst building consumer trust?

In order to have a food system which is more resilient against shocks, we need to know which potential shocks to scan for, how consumers and the market respond to such shocks, and which methods of horizon scanning work best.

To build consumer trust, we need to understand consumer preferences, and how consumers engage, to make the process of horizon scanning collaborative. A multitude of complex problems stand in the way of achieving these aims; can an inter-disciplinary approach bring about their solution?

In September, CSaP (Centre for Science and Policy) partnered with the Global Food Security Strategic Research Iniative and Public Policy at Cambridge, to organise a Policy Workshop to address these issues. The workshop brought policy makers together with academics from a broad range of disciplines, and addressed a number of questions posed by the government regulator, the Food Standards Agency.

Download the full report, or read a summary of the discussions here: http://www.csap.cam.ac.uk/news/article-how-can-we-ensure-there-enough-healthy-food-all/

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