Journal Publications Biosciences

The Lancet Planetary Health

Scientific opportunities for food and nutrition security

Robin Fears, Volker ter Meulen, Joachim von Braun


Malnutrition in its various forms—undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies, as well as overweight and obesity—is a problem faced by all countries. Despite substantial advances in the improvement of nutrition in recent decades, large-scale problems persist.1 The global challenges in attainment of food and nutrition security are compounded by pressures of growing and urbanising populations, climate and other environmental changes, and economic inequity and instability. There have been many reports about these issues—reflecting the complexity of the causes, the consequences for the public burden of disease, and the increasing concerns about sustainability—but also the potential of science and technology to bring change.

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