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The Need for Food Industry Actions and Innovations

Landberg, Rikard and Mark-Herbert, Cecilia (2017). The Need for Food Industry Actions and Innovations. I/In: Uppsala Health Summit 2016, 161011-161112, Uppsala, Sweden.
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The connection between the abundance of food with high contents of sugar or salt, often expe- rienced as palatable, and childhood obesity is widely recognised. In the report “Ending Child- hood Obesity”, one of the WHO Commission’s main recommendations to the private sector is to “Support the production of … food and non- alcoholic beverages that contribute to a healthy diet”. All data show that too many children drink and eat too much poor food, rich in sugar or fat, and low in nutrients, and that in many settings, this consumption pattern is more fre- quent among vulnerable socioeconomic groups.
Among the stakeholders, the food industry could play a more central role in leading children and their parents towards healthier food patterns through strategic actions, innovations and effec- tive communication. An often cited argument is that the food indus- try has a vested interest in continuing to produce and sell food and beverages that are high in e.g. sugar and salt. But there is also a trend towards more healthy products that contribute to more sustainable business. Do we need policy changes or other interventions to drive and monitor this trend?
Ending childhood obesity can be seen as a wick- ed problem in that it is difficult to solve for a va- riety of reasons. It requires an understanding of the problem’s multi-dimensional complexity and relies on a vast number of stakeholders’ interest in finding solutions. These stakeholders need to contribute in various actions that no single stake- holder could accomplish alone. The workshop delegates represented academia, the public sector, the retailers and the food in- dustry. The proportion of delegates coming from industry was higher in this workshop (30 %), compared with other workshops at the Summit.

Authors/Creators:Landberg, Rikard and Mark-Herbert, Cecilia
Title:The Need for Food Industry Actions and Innovations
Year of publishing :2017
Page range:32-37
Number of Pages:5
Place of Publication:Uppsala
Publisher:SLU, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Uppsala Universitet
Publication Type:Conference Paper (Other)
Article category:Other scientific
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 3 Medical and Health Sciences > 303 Health Sciences > Other Health Sciences
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business > Business Administration
Keywords:childhood obesity, CSR, food industry, food innovation, food labelling
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Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Products (until 180101)
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Deposited On:09 Feb 2018 13:00
Metadata Last Modified:09 Feb 2018 13:00

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