Future Food Utrecht

Future Food Utrecht offers a platform for scientists and external stakeholders on which they contribute to the transition of the food chain for a sustainable world, by means of unique transdisciplinary research and education. The search is for catalysts of change; small interventions with big effects. Our ambition is to strive for diets that are both good for the planet as for all its inhabitants.

How can we realise our strive for diets that are both good for the planet and all its inhabitants?

A unique environment

Future Food Utrecht is a hub within Pathways to Sustainability, one of four strategic themes of Utrecht University. Future Food Utrecht offers a unique environment for inter- and transdisciplinary research and education related to food. It serves as a platform for the discovery and implementation of new concepts that contribute to a food system that is healthy, available and reliable for a growing world population, and at the same time sustainable.

Pathways to Sustainability conference session
Interactive session at the Pathways to Sustainability conference 2019 organised by the hub.

Science and society

Future Food Utrecht houses scientists based at Utrecht University and UMC Utrecht from various areas of expertise. Each of them contributes to scholarly or societal processes that are essential for the development and implementation of future food systems that are sustainable and have a positive impact on health and the environment.

Connecting interdisciplinary, fundamental research with key stakeholders along four themes

Processes around food

Examples of processes that Future Food Utrecht addresses are enhanced crop resilience, nature inclusive agriculture, consumer behaviour, nutritional interventions to prevent chronic diseases, animal health, food safety, legal frameworks that support the adoption of sustainable food systems or social and cultural dimensions of food transitions, economic trade-offs, and the ethical and justice implications of these transitions.

Research themes

The hub connects the interdisciplinary, fundamental research from Utrecht University and UMC Utrecht with the key stakeholders working on future food. This will be done along four themes. These themes identify the key societal questions at stake that need to be addressed jointly. This will be essential for the development of solutions for societal challenges related to global food systems.

The four complementary themes that the hub focuses on are: