Food production has an impact on the environment, for instance through land use, water consumption, acidification, eutrophication and soil depletion. Sustainable food is defined as food that meets people’s nutritional needs, both now and in the future, while at the same time protecting ecosystems. RIVMNational Institute for Public Health and the Environment is exploring what is needed in the Netherlands to achieve dietary habits that are both environmentally friendly and healthy.
We are also researching ‘substances of very high concern’, for instance in clothing. The aim is to make garments easier to recycle and to improve working conditions and mitigate environmental impact in production countries.