The choices we make about our food and drink are shaped by social norms, what is available and what is affordable. Scotland has a richly deserved international reputation for the quality of its extensive larder of nutritionally valuable animal and plant derived products that can be grown, harvested, produced and processed to provide a healthy and sustainable diet. However Scotland’s population has one of the poorest diet-related health records in the developed world. Driven by the ambition of becoming a Good Food Nation, SEFARI research explores the interplay between dietary health, affordability and sustainability, whilst also working to improve food safety.
8 Jul 2020
Our food consumption is guided by perceive norms and the food choices of others around us. In the UK today, unhealthy and environmentally unsustainable diets are most commonly eaten (the norm).
19 Jun 2020
Protein intake is insufficient among middle-aged and older adults in the UK, and this insufficiency is a major contributor to ill health and disability.
5 May 2020
The following case study summarises work delivered as part of a SEFARI Fellowship with Scotland Food and Drink (SFD) undertaken during 2019 to ascertain the current state of play regarding the technologies best suited to authenticity, provenance and traceability strategies.
23 Apr 2019
Crabmeat is an excellent source of protein but also provides good levels of important minerals, vitamins and beneficial omega-3 fatty acids. However, the meat from the brown crab (Cancer pagurus) can also contain the heavy metal cadmium, both in the white meat but especially so in the brown meat.
20 Mar 2019
Mycotoxins are unavoidable, natural food contaminants which are produced by fungi growing on agricultural crops. Growth can occur in the field or in storage.
25 May 2018
This article we will explain some some of the ways we are incorporating healthy ingredients from a variety of sources into recipes to develop novel formulations of foods.
17 May 2018
Blueberries have gained in popularity amongst UK consumers. Currently UK blueberries supply only 5% of demand and there is a huge opportunity to increase home grown supply.
4 Apr 2018
'Protein for Life' is designed to identify and develop guidelines for protein products for healthy ageing (living a better, longer life) that are cost effective, sustainable and enjoyable.
14 Jul 2020 - 09:36
The COVID-19 pandemic emergency has caused major disruption to our physical and social environments, and there are likely to be knock-on effects on our food habits.
2 Jul 2020 - 09:54
Eating a nutritious and more environmentally sustainable diet is an increasing priority. Growing and consuming novel crops could form part of the solution.
11 Jun 2020 - 12:16
The research discussed in this blog is part of a programme of work to assess the role of dietary components in a healthy diet for an ageing population, particularly effects on mental and intestinal health.