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A trust framework for digital food systems

The food system is increasingly reliant on a multitude of data-driven technologies that connect global supply chains and underpin productivity, trade and security. Improved governance of data exchange — through a data trust framework — will drive sustainable business growth and secure wider public benefits.

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Fig. 1: Model food data trust framework.


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This paper presents work funded by the Food Standards Agency (project ref. FS301083) and the EPSRC Internet of Food Things DE Network (EP/R045127/1).

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All authors contributed to the material and all authors reviewed the manuscript. S.B. prepared the draft supported by S.P. and P.G., all other authors contributed to the research and reviewed the manuscript.

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Correspondence to Simon Pearson.

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Brewer, S., Pearson, S., Maull, R. et al. A trust framework for digital food systems. Nat Food 2, 543–545 (2021).

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