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The need for a food-systems approach to policy making

 
 
A food-systems approach would have substantial benefits in policy making, whether in businesses or governments. Thinking systemically and at an interdisciplinary level can help ensure that challenges are tackled from multiple perspectives and in a holistic way.
 
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