Top Food System Concerns

Health Worries Top Consumers’ Concerns about the Food System

Since 2021, GlobeScan has partnered with EAT, a science-based global platform for food system transformation, to conduct the Grains of Truth consumer research series. This annual survey, conducted in 31 markets worldwide, delves into consumers’ concerns about the current food system, their attitudes and behaviors toward consuming healthy and sustainable food, and their viewpoints on who should lead the transformation of the food system. 

The latest edition of the study reveals that consumers worldwide believe that malnutrition, pesticides, obesity and diet-related health issues, and plastic waste from food packaging are the most concerning aspects of the food system (i.e., how food is produced, processed, shipped, stored, sold to consumers, and disposed of), although concern is high across a range of issues. Around three-quarters of the global public express at least some concern with these top issues. Older people tend to be more concerned about these issues than those who are younger. 


Survey Question: There are many aspects to how food is produced at the farm, processed, shipped, stored, and then sold to consumers and disposed of. Please rate how concerned you are about each of the different parts of this food system.

Source: GlobeScan and EAT Grains of Truth Report (survey of 29,565 people in the general public across 31 countries and territories in July ‒ August 2023)