Introduction to Food Distribution Systems

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Food Distribution Systems (FDS) are a group of human and, increasingly, autonomous robotic activities that link those who produce the food in the first instance and those who eat and drink it.

It has been like this since human society emerged and we started to specialize in doing some tasks for which we had particular aptitude relying on others to do equally vital and complementary tasks.

FDS are central to human societies.

They need to be designed with the purpose of being able to feed the entire population safely, nutritiously and sustainably, and be resilient to all the challenges that FDS are facing like climate change, population changes, volatility in production, new technologies, market dynamics and consumption.