Plastics in the food system: Human health, economic & environmental impacts

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 12:30 to 14:00


London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (John Snow A)


This seminar is part of the 3ie/LIDC monthly 'What works in international' seminar series


Amid increasing public awareness of the potentially harmful impacts of plastics, global production of this remarkable and ubiquitous material has doubled in the last two decades to over 380 million tonnes per year. But how much do we actually know about the impacts of food system plastics? This systematic scoping review characterises food system literature from ‘farm to flush’, examining the extent (volume of research), range (variety of exposure-outcome relationships) and nature (study characteristics) of evidence pertaining to both the beneficial and harmful impacts of food system plastics on human health, the environment, and individual or household level food security and economics.        

Joe Yates is a research fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), currently working on Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA) where he looks after the Agriculture, Nutrition & Health (ANH) Academy; a global network of interdisciplinary researchers and research users working at the nexus of agriculture-food systems for improved nutrition and health. 

Megan Deeney is a researcher based at the London School Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, working on the IMMANA programme (Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions). She graduated from LSHTM in 2018 with distinction and the John Rivers Prize from the MSc Nutrition for Global Health. Megan also holds a Bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish and has a background in overseas expedition management.