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The United Nations believe that the world’s population will rise to 9.7 billion by the year 2050. As the population increases so does the demand for high quality protein rich food sources. Led by the University of Copenhagen, a team of 19 partner institutions from 13 countries will create innovative, high quality, protein-rich food crops, to sustain human health, the environment, and biodiversity.
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Inter-individual variation in response to consumption of plant food bioactives and determinants involved

POSITIVe is a European initiative that addresses inter-individual variation in bioavailability and physiological responses to the consumption of plant food bioactives in relation to cardio-metabolic outcomes. A better understanding of the factors that cause this inter-individual variation will help in refining nutritional recommendations and developing new foods for consumers.



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Diversification of fish species and products in European aquaculture

DIVERSIFY is a five-year project which aims to expand the European aquaculture industry, by overcoming bottlenecks to the production, marketing and consumption of new/emerging European cultured aquatic food.

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Joint Programming Initiative ‘A healthy diet for a healthy life’


Joint Programming Initiative ‘A healthy diet for a healthy life’ is a European cooperation programme to address major societal challenges that no individual Member State is capable of handling independently. JPI HDHL aims to develop and implement a research programme to better understand the determinants of diet and lifestyle-related diseases, in order to develop effective strategies, as well as to contribute to the development of actions, policies, innovative products and diets, with the aim of disease prevention.

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Affordable, nutritious foods for those at risk of poverty
The CHANCE project will address poor nutrition in populations at risk of poverty, by developing attractive, affordable, and nutritious food products using low-cost technologies and traditional ingredients.
CHANCE ended in July 2014.
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Connecting stakeholders with interests in food to improve multidisciplinary dialogue

CONNECT4ACTION intends to improve the communication between social and consumer scientists, food technology developers and consumers in order to improve the success of food technology development and commercialisation in Europe.

CONNECT4ACTION ended in November 2014.

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Investigating health issues in children and infants

The environment of infants and children has drastically changed in Europe during the last decades as reflected in alterations of behaviour, unhealthy dietary habits and low physical activity. To stop the resulting epidemic of diet- and lifestyle-induced morbidity, evidence-based efficient approaches are needed.

Idefics study ended in February 2012.

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Tackling diet-related diseases and behavioural disorders by investigating the human microbiome

Tackling diet-related diseases and behavioural disorders by studying gut microbiome influences on energy balance, brain development and their functions. The MyNewGut project aims to develop microbiome-based dietary intervention strategies, food ingredients and prototypes to reduce the impact of obesity and chronic-metabolic abnormalities.

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New dietary strategies for healthy ageing in Europe


The NU-AGE project will explore how diet can help European seniors to live a healthier, longer life by new dietary strategies addressing the specific needs of elderly population in Europe.

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Closer co-operation to strengthen the global competitiveness of the European food sector

There is increasing recognition that innovation is a task for all actors in the food chain, since innovation can be beneficial to the food chain as a whole and lead to sustainable novel applications. Building on this idea, RECAPT aims to support a process that will lead to closer collaborative management of innovations along the food supply chain.

RECAPT ended in November 2014. 

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Interventions to Promote Healthy Eating Habits

Unhealthy diets are one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century. The tip of the iceberg is the dramatically increasing proportion of people suffering from obesity and overweight in Europe. Recognising the importance of diet quality, many campaigns promoting healthy eating and physical activity have been launched in an attempt to reverse the obesity trend, but few have been assessed.

EATWELL ended in April 2013.

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Benefit and risk communication
Every day, we are bombarded with legitimate but sometimes unjust information about the benefits of certain foods and the harmful effects of others. Understanding current barriers to communicating the risks and benefits of food and identifying potential remedies for such challenges are the objectives of the European Commission-funded project FoodRisC.
FoodRisC ended in October 2013.
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European micronutrient recommendations aligned

EURRECA is a collaborative network developing quality assured, harmonised nutrient recommendations across Europe. The network will focus on identifying and addressing micronutrients of concern to vulnerable population groups and incorporate these findings into country-specific Food Based Dietary Guidelines.

EURRECA ended in July 2012.

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EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health

EUFIC is an active participant of the European Platform for Action committed to helping fight one of the most serious health challenges facing the EU today: Obesity.

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Designing a world-class infrastructure to facilitate research

RICHFIELDS aims to design a consumer-data platform, to collect and connect, compare and share information about our food behaviours. The project seeks to determine what facilities, resources, and services can support research to learn more about what we choose to eat, and how and why we make those choices.
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Personalised nutrition: Opportunities & challenges


One size fits all dietary advice is often provided to combat public health issues but is not necessarily the most effective technique for improving public health. Food4me is investigating personalised nutrition; the possibility of designing diets tailored specifically to an individual’s characteristics.

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Role of health-related claims and symbols in consumer behaviour

Departing from the outcomes of the FP7 project FLABEL on food labelling, the 4 year research project CLYMBOL aims to determine how health claims and symbols are understood by consumers, and how they affect purchasing and consumption.

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Studying the need for food and health research infrastructures in Europe

Research collaborations and innovations within Europe are essential to improve the efficiency of research resources. To support this, EU-wide Research Infrastructures are essential. EuroDISH aims to provide recommendations on the needs for food and health Research Infrastructures in Europe.

EuroDISH ended Aug 2015.


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Towards sustainable food research

Over the past decade, most EU Member States have identified food and health as key priorities. This is in response to increases in obesity and diet-related chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases amongst their populations. Also an insufficient nutrient supply in subgroups of the populations and special demands in ageing societies are identified as abiding challenges.

INPROFOOD ended in October 2014.

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Dietitians ensuring education, teaching and professional quality


Following DIETS ("Dietitians Improving Education and Training Standards", 2006-09), DIETS2 ("Dietitians ensuring education, teaching and professional quality") now focuses on the effective use of lifelong learning (LLL), increasing competence and attaining high quality performance, creativity and innovation.
DIETS2 ended in September 2013.
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Past projects
Food Labelling to Advance Better Education for Life


The 3-year EU Seventh Framework-funded project FLABEL (Food Labelling to Advance Better Education for Life), will provide state-of-the-art science on nutrition labels and consumer behaviour as well as best practice guidelines for future research, industry and policy-makers.

FLABEL ended in January 2012.

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The European Food Information Council (EUFIC) is a non-profit organisation which communicates science-based information on nutrition and health, food safety and quality, to help consumers to be better informed when choosing a well-balanced, safe and healthful diet.

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