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    One-stop shop for consumer data on food, nutrition and health
    Zimmermann, K.L. ; Veer, P. van 't - \ 2018
    Wageningen University & Research - 2 p.
    Report from third Stakeholder workshop : deliverable D3.5
    Astley, Siân ; Finglas, Paul ; Zimmermann, K.L. ; Veer, P. van 't - \ 2018
    EU - 87 p.
    Report on the synthesis of the findings for WP5-7 : deliverable D4.2
    Hodgkins, Charo ; Timotijevic, Lada ; Raats, Monique ; Normann, Anne ; Maringer, Marcus ; Klepacz, Naomi ; Zimmermann, K.L. ; Veer, P. van 't - \ 2018
    EU - 25 p.
    Report on the synthesis of the findings for WP8-10 : deliverable D4.3
    Hodgkins, Charo ; Timotijevic, Lada ; Finglas, Paul ; Hieke, Sophie ; Mikkelsen, Bent Egberg ; Zimmermann, K.L. ; Veer, P. van 't - \ 2018
    EU - 19 p.
    Overall Synthesis Report: Outcomes of WPs 5-10 synthesised for WP11-13 : deliverable D4.5
    Hodgkins, Charo ; Timotijevic, Lada ; Zimmermann, K.L. ; Veer, P. van 't - \ 2018
    EU - 10 p.
    Minutes of the Plenary Project Meetings and Project Advisory Board Meetings (4) : deliverable D1.1
    Zimmermann, K.L. ; Veer, P. van 't - \ 2018
    EU - 132 p.
    Position and final paper of RICHFIELDS : deliverable D1.2
    Bogaardt, M.J. ; Copani, Giacomo ; Cueva, Javier de la; Finglas, Paul ; Geelen, M.M.E.E. ; Hodgkins, Charo ; Korousic, Barbara ; Mikkelsen, Bent ; Poppe, K.J. ; Pour Abdollahian, Golboo ; Puttelaar, J. van den; Raats, Monique ; Selnes, T. ; Timotijevic, Lada ; Veen, H.B. van der; Veer, P. van 't; Zimmermann, K.L. - \ 2018
    EU - 49 p.
    Dissemination materials (a flyer, a leaflet, a press release, Food Today articles, an infographics and a roll up) : deliverable D2.3
    Sadler, Christina ; Mariani, Jessica ; Zimmermann, K.L. ; Veer, P. van 't - \ 2018
    EU - 22 p.
    Web-based dissemination (, videos, social media and e-newsletter) : deliverable D2.4
    Sadler, Christina ; Mariani, Jessica ; Zimmermann, K.L. ; Veer, P. van 't - \ 2018
    EU - 17 p.
    Final dissemination report : deliverable D2.5
    Sadler, Christina ; Mariani, Jessica ; Zimmermann, K.L. ; Veer, P. van 't - \ 2018
    EU - 23 p.
    Report from the RICHFIELDS final event 18.09.2018 : deliverable D3.2
    Astley, Siân ; Finglas, Paul ; Zimmermann, K.L. ; Veer, P. van 't - \ 2018
    EU - 97 p.
    The potential role of producer and consumer food policies in the EU to sustainable food and nutrition security
    Latka, Catharina ; Heckelei, Thomas ; Batka, Miroslav ; Boere, Esther ; Chang, Chiao-Ya ; Cui, David ; Geleijnse, Marianne ; Havlík, Petr ; Kuijsten, Anneleen ; Kuiper, Marijke ; Leip, Adrian ; ’t Veer, Pieter van; Witzke, Heinz-Peter ; Ziegler, Friederike - \ 2018
    Wageningen : SUSFANS - 123
    EU sustainable food and nutrition security is no sure-fire success. The future of
    the agro-food system is uncertain and subject to different macro-level trends.
    Previous analysis revealed the role of food system drivers creating challenges and
    opportunities for dietary and environmental improvements under certain future
    constellations. However, these challenges and opportunities need to be addressed by policies to allow for actual improvements in the sustainability
    performance of EU food systems, for people, planet and profit. In this deliverable,
    an assessment and pre-test of potential policy measures is carried out. The policy
    analyses are contrasted to a ‘business-as-usual’ baseline scenario with current
    trends of food system drivers. We apply the SUSFANS modelling toolbox in order
    to test relevant policy measures in four distinct aqua-agro-food policy sectors.
    Regarding health and nutrition of the EU population, we provide a ranking of
    potential dietary policies and interventions based on their effectiveness,
    implementation costs and restrictiveness for consumers and producers. Based on
    this overview, options for health and nutrition policy are designed containing a
    mixture of different policy instruments. These apply – in line with the allocation
    of policy responsibilities in the EU - at the level of individual member states and
    not at the realms of an EU policy. In the context of the Common AgriculturalPolicy (CAP), we assess the impact of a livestock density restriction on EU Agricultural areas. Results indicate a reduction of soil nutrient surpluses (-9 to -13%) and of greenhouse gas emissions (-9%) at EU average and considerably stronger in the livestock density and over-fertilization hotspots. Trade openness restricts the impact on food consumption and dietary change of EU consumers. Three Common Fisheries Policies (CFP) are tested with the newly developed fish modules of GLOBIOM and CAPRI: Directing capture in EU waters to levels that keep fish stocks at the maximum sustainable yield (MSY), or at the maximum economic yield (MEY), and the implementation of national aquaculture growth plans composed by EU member states. Our results show limited policy impacts due to the rlatively small size of the EU fish producing sector with some trade but
    limited consumption changes. Finally, different storage policies are tested with the new short-term volatility module of GLOBIOM. The scenarios reveal that storage availability and intervention prices reduce price volatility caused by yield shocks. The assessments illustrate that individual, yet unaligned policy measures can already contribute significantly to reaching sustainable food and nutrition
    security. On the way to the final foresight assessment extensions are require regarding a) metrics quantifiability, b) the harmonization of metrics computation
    approaches, and c) smaller model improvements
    Building a consumer data platform to enhance interdisciplinary research on food, nutrition, and health in Europe
    Zimmermann, K.L. ; Veer, P. van 't - \ 2018
    RICHFIELDS - 8 p.
    Supporting research on the diet of the future : food, nutrition and health research infrastructure
    Zimmermann, K.L. ; Veer, P. van 't - \ 2018
    Wageningen University & Research - 4 p.
    A recipe to support research and innovation : Developing a European Food, Nutrition and Health Research Infrastructure
    Hoes, A.C. ; Selnes, T. ; Verstegen, J.A.A.M. ; Veer, P. van 't; Zimmermann, K.L. ; Poppe, K.J. ; Veen, H.B. van der - \ 2018
    Wageningen University & Research (Policy brief Wageningen Economic Research 2018-069) - 8 p.
    European food, nutrition and health research infrastructure
    Veer, P. van 't; Zimmermann, K.L. ; Finglas, Paul ; Poppe, K.J. ; Auria, Sabato D'; Perozzi, Giuditta - \ 2018
    Food, Nutrition and Health Research Infrastructure (FNH-RI) - 8 p.
    Designing a research infrastructure on dietary intake and its determinants
    Bogaardt, M.J. ; Geelen, A. ; Zimmermann, K. ; Finglas, P. ; Raats, M.M. ; Mikkelsen, B.E. ; Poppe, K.J. ; van't Veer, P. - \ 2018
    Nutrition Bulletin 43 (2018)3. - ISSN 1471-9827 - p. 301 - 309.
    big data - consumers - diet - food - public health - research infrastructure

    Research on dietary intake and its determinants is crucial for an adequate response to the current epidemic of diet-related non-communicable chronic diseases. In order to respond to this challenge, the RICHFIELDS project was tasked with designing a research infrastructure (RI) that connects data on dietary intake of consumers in Europe, and its determinants, collected using apps and wearable sensors, from behavioural laboratories and experimental facilities and from other RIs. The main output of the project, an RI design, describes interfaces (portals) to collect data, a meta-database and a data-model to enable data linkage and sharing. The RICHFIELDS project comprises three phases, each consisting of three work packages, and an overarching methodological support work package. Phase 1 focused on data generated by consumers (e.g. collected by apps and sensors) relating to the purchase, preparation and consumption of food. Phase 2 focused on data generated by organisations such as businesses (e.g. retail data), government (e.g. procurement data) and experimental research facilities (e.g. virtual supermarkets). Phases 1 and 2 provided Phase 3 with insights on data types and design requirements, including the business models, data integration and management systems and governance and ethics. The final design will be used in the coming years to build an RI for the scientific research community, policy makers and businesses in Europe. The RI will boost interdisciplinary multi-stakeholder research through harmonisation and integration of data on food behaviour.

    A nutritional comparison and production perspective : Reducing the environmental footprint of the future
    Rohmer, S.U.K. ; Gerdessen, J.C. ; Claassen, G.D.H. ; Bloemhof, J.M. ; ’t Veer, P. van - \ 2018
    Journal of Cleaner Production 196 (2018). - ISSN 0959-6526 - p. 1407 - 1417.
    Dietary alternatives - Environmentally sustainable consumption - Nutrient comparison - Sustainable food system

    The current food system, with its consumption and production activities, threatens our environment and depletes the resources of future generations. Changing the food system, by consuming foods with lower environmental footprint and choosing more environmental friendly production and distribution alternatives, holds potential to reduce the environmental impact. The aim of this research is to propose healthy and sustainable alternatives to the current consumption of cow's meat and dairy products in the Netherlands, under consideration of the underlying production system. Thus, the study applies linear programming techniques to construct consumption alternatives, taking into account the underlying production and sourcing of products. In this context, different environmental objectives are investigated and compared, namely climate change, land use, water use and fossil fuel depletion. Comparisons are made between the different alternatives with respect to their effect on the overall dietary intake. Four consumption alternatives are proposed, varying with respect to their environmental footprint, food composition and underlying food system. The results show that shifting towards a more plant-based consumption holds both an improvement potential in terms of the environmental impact as well as benefits from a health perspective. Moreover, trade-offs exist between the different environmental indicators, and the choice of environmental objective impacts the solution with respect to the consumption and production of foods. The research demonstrates the importance of taking production relationships into account and shows, that it is possible to propose healthy and environmental friendly alternatives for the future.

    User-documented food consumption data from publicly available apps : An analysis of opportunities and challenges for nutrition research
    Maringer, Marcus ; Veer, Pieter van 't; Klepacz, Naomi ; Verain, Muriel C.D. ; Normann, Anne ; Ekman, Suzanne ; Timotijevic, Lada ; Raats, Monique M. ; Geelen, Anouk - \ 2018
    Nutrition Journal 17 (2018). - ISSN 1475-2891
    Contextual data - Data management - Diet apps - Dietary intake assessment - Food consumption data - Legal and ethical governance - Research infrastructure - Technological innovations - User-documented data

    Background: The need for a better understanding of food consumption behaviour within its behavioural context has sparked the interest of nutrition researchers for user-documented food consumption data collected outside the research context using publicly available nutrition apps. The study aims to characterize the scientific, technical, legal and ethical features of this data in order to identify the opportunities and challenges associated with using this data for nutrition research. Method: A search for apps collecting food consumption data was conducted in October 2016 against UK Google Play and iTunes storefronts. 176 apps were selected based on user ratings and English language support. Publicly available information from the app stores and app-related websites was investigated and relevant data extracted and summarized. Our focus was on characteristics related to scientific relevance, data management and legal and ethical governance of user-documented food consumption data. Results: Food diaries are the most common form of data collection, allowing for multiple inputs including generic food items, packaged products, or images. Standards and procedures for compiling food databases used for estimating energy and nutrient intakes remain largely undisclosed. Food consumption data is interlinked with various types of contextual data related to behavioural motivation, physical activity, health, and fitness. While exchange of data between apps is common practise, the majority of apps lack technical documentation regarding data export. There is a similar lack of documentation regarding the implemented terms of use and privacy policies. While users are usually the owners of their data, vendors are granted irrevocable and royalty free licenses to commercially exploit the data. Conclusion: Due to its magnitude, diversity, and interconnectedness, user-documented food consumption data offers promising opportunities for a better understanding of habitual food consumption behaviour and its determinants. Non-standardized or non-documented food data compilation procedures, data exchange protocols and formats, terms of use and privacy statements, however, limit possibilities to integrate, process and share user-documented food consumption data. An ongoing research effort is required, to keep pace with the technical advancements of food consumption apps, their evolving data networks and the legal and ethical regulations related to protecting app users and their personal data.

    Systematic Review of Observational Studies with Dose-Response Meta-Analysis between Folate Intake and Status Biomarkers in Adults and the Elderly
    Novaković, Romana ; Geelen, Anouk ; Ristić-Medić, Danijela ; Nikolić, Marina ; Souverein, Olga W. ; McNulty, Helene ; Duffy, Maresa ; Hoey, Leane ; Dullemeijer, Carla ; Renkema, Jacoba M.S. ; Gurinović, Mirjana ; Glibetić, Marija ; Groot, Lisette C.P.G.M. de; ’t Veer, Pieter van - \ 2018
    Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism 73 (2018)1. - ISSN 0250-6807 - p. 30 - 43.
    Adults-elderly - Dose-response - Folate - Intake-status

    Background: Dietary reference values for folate intake vary widely across Europe. Methods: MEDLINE and Embase through November 2016 were searched for data on the association between folate intake and biomarkers (serum/plasma folate, red blood cell [RBC] folate, plasma homocysteine) from observational studies in healthy adults and elderly. The regression coefficient of biomarkers on intake (β) was extracted from each study, and the overall and stratified pooled β and SE (β) were obtained by random effects meta-analysis on a double log scale. These dose-response estimates may be used to derive folate intake reference values. Results: For every doubling in folate intake, the changes in serum/plasma folate, RBC folate and plasma homocysteine were +22, +21, and –16% respectively. The overall pooled regression coefficients were β = 0.29 (95% CI 0.21–0.37) for serum/plasma folate (26 estimates from 17 studies), β = 0.28 (95% CI 0.21–0.36) for RBC (13 estimates from 11 studies), and β = –0.21 (95% CI –0.31 to –0.11) for plasma homocysteine (10 estimates from 6 studies). Conclusion: These estimates along with those from randomized controlled trials can be used for underpinning dietary recommendations for folate in adults and elderly.

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