What is the Food System?

The food system, in the sense we use it here, includes all those activities involving the production, processing, transport and consumption of food.

The food system includes the governance and economics of food production, its sustainability, the degree to which we waste food, and how food production affects the natural environment.

We include issues of how food affects health and well-being, including nutrition, obesity and food safety.

A particularly important area of policy concern is the food system in less developed countries where hunger and malnutrition can be rife, as well as the links between food and sustainable development.

The consumption of food is also an integral part of all our lives and its history and culture are fascinating and important topics of research and study.

Next: Find out about the challenges facing the food system.