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The primary and secondary processes of food production and its subsequent distribution are the main triggers of the problems of food security and the issues arising from these processes are complex and interlinked. In order to safeguard future distribution and production needs there are a number of essential factors to be considered. These include:
Current high throughput, intensive food animal and crop production systems have served developed countries ─ although often not developing countries ─ well to meet consumer expectations of readily available safe and wholesome foods at competitive prices. However, many converging factors have conspired to threaten national and international supply of important food commodities, including:
The challenge to maintain global food security is undoubtedly enormous and requires concerted international cooperation and collaboration to resolve issues at every level of the food chain.
Improvements will require goodwill and active integration of all stakeholders in the chain. This includes the need to inform and educate consumers on the impact of their food choices on food producers, costs and the environment. The interdisciplinary expertise at The University of Nottingham makes us well placed to undertake integrated research to address key scientific issues of improving animal and crop production. These include:
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