MCCHE Convergent Innovation Webinar Series with Louise Manning

Thursday, March 30, 2023 11:00to13:00

Food Integrity: The Socio-technical Interrelationships Between Product, Process, People and Data

Louise Manning

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Louise Manning is Professor of Sustainable Agri-food Systems at the Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology, University of Lincoln. Louise has worked for over 35 years in the agri-food supply chain in a range of roles. Her expertise is in the area of food security and food integrity including food safety, food quality, food crime, policy and governance, social and corporate responsibility, resilience, risk assessment and mitigation strategies. Louise has carried out projects for government bodies and companies across the world. This work includes strategic risk analysis and mitigation for both corporate organisations and public bodies. She has been published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals, authored book chapters and written and edited books in the subject area. Louise's research work involves undertaking desktop reviews; qualitative and quantitative fieldwork including focus groups, workshops and in-depth interviews, questionnaire design and analysis, strategic framework, communication systems and model design and developing tools to drive risk communication and engagement of stakeholders at all levels of the supply chain.


In the wake of the 2013 European Horsemeat Scandal, the term 'food integrity' was defined in the Elliott Report as encompassing food safety, food composition, transparency and the ways food is sourced, procured and distributed. In 2016, four elements of food integrity were proposed: product integrity, process integrity, people integrity and data integrity (Manning, 2016). These four elements underpin the strategic direction and operationalisation of a food control management system (FCMS) at organisational, supply chain or regulatory levels. FCMS have a wide breadth including food safety, food composition and quality, food legality (considering not only compliance, but also intention to undertake illegal actions) and food defence. Food integrity too, as a concept, is ever evolving both in academic literature and in practice, especially when considered in the wider context of operational integrity, smart food systems (internet of things, use of AI and machine learning and digitalisation) and organisational integrity. In this talk Professor Louise Manning will reflect on these themes, and the challenges and enablers to delivering food integrity. Whilst the focus is the food supply chain, the conversation will be of value to people and organisations working within all commodity and value-added supply chains

Chair: Professor Laurette Dubé (Scientific Director of MCCHE)
Co-Chair & Moderator: John G. Keogh (Professor of Practice, MCCHE; Founder, Shantalla Inc.)

Panel Discussion: A panel with scientists, business and policy leaders will discuss how scientific and technological developments and ontologies bridging farm, food and human behavior, can accelerate the design and long-term performance of convergence platforms ecosystems targeting achievable and time-bound real-world solutions placing human and environmental health at the core. This will advance the design of integrative digital architecture and governance framework to scale up how real-world data generated by individuals and institutions within and across disciplines and sectors can contribute to a World reset on convergence economy, building upon the challenges and possibilities reviewed above. Capitalizing on digital transformation of science and society, convergence economy takes a person-centered approach to bridging organizations and systems across sectors and jurisdictions, fully acknowledging that developed and developing worlds share the same planet, for world-scale transformation toward sustainable prosperity and affordable nutrition and health.


The Convergent Innovation Webinar Series features cutting edge science, technology and innovation in agriculture, food, environment, education, medicine and other domains of everyday life where grand challenges lie at the convergence of health and economics. Powered by data science, artificial intelligence, and other digital technologies, this disciplinary knowledge bridges with behavioural, social, humanities, business, economics, social, engineering, and complexity sciences to accelerate real-world solution at scale, be it in digital or physical contexts. Initiated in the agri-food domain, the series is now encompassing other grand challenges facing modern and traditional economies and societies, such as ensuring lifelong wellness and resilience at both the individual and population levels.

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