Bock A-K, Maragkoudakis P, Wollgast J, Caldeira S, Czimbalmos A, Rzychon M, Atzel B, Ulberth F (2014) This publication is a Science and Policy Report by the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission’s in-house science service. doi: 10.2788/14108 Publications Office of the European Union, 2014
Healthy diets play a role in health promotion and disease prevention, and this is increasingly recognised as crucial, both socially and economically, in the face of strained healthcare systems, an ageing population, and the high individual and economic costs of diseases.
The Foresight study ‘Tomorrow’s healthy society - research priorities for foods and diets was initiated to inform the selection of research challenges that will receive funding under the Horizon 2020 programme.
The exploratory scenario-building approach focused on the European consumer - with the year 2050 as a long-term time horizon. Four different future scenarios were developed using the extremes of two main drivers - agricultural commodity prices (low or high) and societal values (community spirit or individualistic society). These provided the basis for the identification and prioritisation of research needs to address the challenges and opportunities arising from the different scenarios.
The resulting ten research priorities fall into four thematic areas:
1. Towards healthier eating: integrated policymaking;
2. Food, nutrients and health: cross-interactions and emerging risks;
3. Making individualised diets a reality; and
4.Shaping and coping with the 2050 food system.