Image credit: The Institute for Global Food Security, Queen’s University Belfast

The Belfast Summit on Global Food Integrity organised by Queen’s University was held on 29-31 May 2018 and brought together food security and nutrition experts from all over the world, spanning academia, industry, agriculture, food, NGOs and regulators.

Over the course of four days, those attending the event grappled with the dilemma of how to feed a growing global population with integrity – amid issues such as pollution, climate change, Brexit, food fraud, food terrorism and chronic lifestyle diseases. There were four key themes running through the event, ‘deliberate contamination of food’, ‘the threat from pathogens in the food system’, ‘human exposure to chemical cocktails in food’ and ‘delivering the nutritional needs for the 21st century’. Each theme had a senior rapporteur working with rapporteurs and note takers with the senior rapporteur presenting the key issues and outcomes from their theme on the final morning. The IFNH Director was the senior rapporteur for the theme on nutritional needs for the 21st century.