A global food revolution is urgently needed for a healthy, sustainable, and fair food supply for the rapidly growing and urbanizing human population with increasing living standards, life expectancy, and incidences of chronic diseases, while simultaneously recognizing the limits of our planet. Food production is the world’s largest driver of anthropogenic environmental change, and its management is key to attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are aimed at securing healthy food for a population of 10 billion people expected by 2050. Hence, the European Union’s Grand Societal Challenges and the National Science Agenda consider the development of sustainable, safe and healthy food systems as a top priority for their research programs.
The Future Food Utrecht hub was established in 2018 as one of the hubs under the strategic theme Pathways to Sustainability. We harbor scientists with world-renowned reputations in their field of research and offer a unique combination of expertise from all Utrecht University’s faculties, the UMC Utrecht and accompanying societal partners.
Future Food Utrecht collaborates with private and public partners like Nutricia Research, RIVM, TNO, Immuno Valley, Bilthoven Biologicals, Unilever, Philips and Friesland Campina. We also participate in several international, national and local networks, see our Networks & Partners.