University to open food security centre

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The University of Reading is opening a new Centre for Food Security, which will address future food supply challenges. Research at the centre will focus on three main areas: diet and health; biodiversity; and sustainable agriculture.

"Food security is one of the main concerns facing societies across the world, and by responding to this and joining together our research effort at Reading, we will be able to make a considerable contribution to the maintenance of resilient, sustainable, healthy food supply chains,"​ said professor Richard Tiffin, director of the new centre.

The centre will study the potential threats to our food resource including population expansion, changes in climate and land use, over-eating in western societies and changes in nutrition in developing countries.

Added to this, it will also address the environmental impact of food production.

The university has secured research council grants worth nearly £10m from various bodies, including the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

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