The ad hoc Task Force (TF) of the FENS Food Based Dietary Guidelines (FBDGs) has concluded that the ultimate aim of this TF is to produce a document that sets out a general framework for the future development of food based dietary guidelines in Europe.
This document will be coauthored by all members of the task force and will be published in a peer review journal.
During the FENS meeting in Dublin in October 2019, a symposium will be entirely dedicated to the work of this ad hoc TF.
The first TF meeting was held in Brussels, Belgium, on 21st and 22nd September 2017 while a follow-up meeting occurred in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 12th and 13th March 2018.
The ad hoc TF has concluded that the future terminology for FBDG should be permanently changed into the term SFBDG – sustainable food based dietary guidelines. The overall concept of SFBDG and their development encompasses a holistic dynamic process based on a complex but comprehensive mixture of evidence based data from existing literature in combination with broader societal considerations and concerns that have been identified as being associated - on a local and a global scale - with the overall food production chain and with food consumption patterns.
The concept of SFBDG therefore goes beyond the identification of nutrients, foods and dietary patterns that are associated with mortality and morbidity risk according to population based and other scientific research, but also needs to cover aspects of planetary boundaries in the use of resources, environmental health, biodiversity, societal (ethical, social and cultural) aspects of food and diet, impact of food production, distribution and trade and perhaps other as yet unidentified dimensions. In addition to this, ways for comprehensive communication towards different target groups on all these aspects of SFBDG have to be elaborated.
The overall framework for the FENS guidelines on SFBDG will be composed of at least five modules or dimensions and for each of these modules a separate working group has been installed.