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By bringing together our respective disciplines, the Food System Economics Commission explores different pathways to food system transformation on a global scale. However, future pathways based on computer modeling alone are insufficient. The right policy interventions must also be identified. The commission therefore also reviews food and agricultural subsidies, taxes and regulations, their effectiveness, and the role of the political economy.

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Policy Briefs

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The Dietary Shift

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Dietary change is crucial to reverse the global impact on health, longevity, and the environment. FSEC modelling emphasizes that fostering a healthy food environment is biophysically feasible and the most powerful strategy to improve human and planetary well-being.
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Brazil’s Food System Transformation

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The hidden costs of Brazil’s food system are estimated at approximately 500 billion USD annually, primarily driven by unsustainable production practices and GHG emissions. FSEC envisions a transformation scenario for Brazil extending up to 2050, indicating that these costs could be cut by over 200 billion USD annually.

India’s Food System Transformation

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The hidden costs of India’s food system are estimated at 1.5 trillion driven by poor nutritional outcomes and unsustainable production practices. FSEC’s global policy priorities offer the starting point for a country-level dialogue on food system transformation priorities.

Smart Scaling of Innovations to Transform Food Systems

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Smart scaling of innovations is critical to transforming food systems to become inclusive, health-enhancing and environmentally sustainable. National and international public institutions can play a key role in accelerating the transformation by implementing policy bundles to support smart scaling of innovations.
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Putting jobs at the heart of food system transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Inclusive employment and quality jobs provide health and environmental benefits, and support food systems transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Hidden Costs of Food

accumulated since the signing of the Paris Agreement in 2016

The counter shows the accumulated hidden costs of our current food systems since the signing of the Paris Agreement in 2016, taking into account greenhouse gas emissions, blue water use, land use conversion, nitrogen emissions, undernourishment, poverty, and unhealthy diets.

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