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European Rural Development Policy Approaching Health Issues: An Exploration of Programming Schemes

Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Bologna, 40127 Bologna, Italy
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(16), 2973; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16162973
Received: 26 June 2019 / Revised: 31 July 2019 / Accepted: 16 August 2019 / Published: 18 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue A More Sustainable and Healthier Future for All: What Works?)
Malnutrition, obesity, type 2 diabetes, micronutrient deficiencies, and the increase in non-communicable diseases are among the future European key challenges in health and welfare. Agriculture and rural development policies can positively contribute to a healthier and nutritious supply of food. The objective of the research is to analyze to what extent European 2007–2013 and 2014–2020 rural development programmes address the nexus between agriculture, food, health, and nutrition to respond to the evolving dietary needs. The research carries out a quali-quantitative content analysis on all 210 European rural development programmes. Results show that the interconnection between agriculture, food, health, and nutrition is present, with differences in the European agricultural and rural policy programming periods. The main interlinking issues of the nexus are food safety, food quality, diseases, nutritional aspect, animal health and welfare, plant health, and environmental health. Healthier and nutritious food-related issues are emerging, addressing dietary needs, and sustaining consumer food trends. Healthy and nutritious food is pursued by combating foodborne communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases. The future Common Agricultural Policy, including its rural dimensions, should support the consumption of healthy foods produced in ways that are environmentally and economically sustainable. View Full-Text
Keywords: policy; health; nutrition; agriculture; food; environment; rural policy; health; nutrition; agriculture; food; environment; rural
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Samoggia, A.; Bertazzoli, A.; Ruggeri, A. European Rural Development Policy Approaching Health Issues: An Exploration of Programming Schemes. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2973.

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