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The Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences (DeFENS) was set up in May 2012 following the merger of three previous UNIMI Departments with the aim of continuing, giving further impulse and broadening the scope of research and teaching activities carried out previously at the individual Departments, developing new synergies between the specific experience of each Department and harmonizing research activities in the sector of Food, Agro-food and Nutritional Sciences. 

The mission of the DeFENS is to promote education and training and to step up research in order to guarantee a safe, innovative, top quality food supply using sustainable technologies along the entire chain. From the field to the table and beyond, DeFENS aims to preserve and improve the environment, systems, products and to provide a holistic approach to these problems with the ultimate aim of safeguarding and enhancing human health and quality of life. 

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