Mon 04 November, 2013

The number of obese adults in the UK could be reduced by 180,000 with a 20% tax on sugary drinks, say researchers at the University of Oxford and the University of Reading. The tax could raise over £275 million for the Treasury.

The researchers from the British Heart Foundation Health Promotion Research Group at the University of Oxford and the Centre for Food Security at the University of Reading have published their findings in the British Medical Journal.

Wed 23 October, 2013

A new publication in BMJ Open by Oxford researchers looks at the possible impact on chronic diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, if the UK were to introduce a tax on greenhouse gas emissions on food and drink.

Read the full article in BMJ Open:

Assessing the impact on chronic disease of incorporating the societal cost of greenhouse gases into the price of food: an econometric and comparative risk assessment modelling study, Adam D M Briggs, Ariane Kehlbacher, Richard Tiffin, Tara Garnett, Mike Rayner, Peter Scarborough, BMJ Open 2013;3:e003543 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-003543

Mon 21 October, 2013

Weight of Modernity: An Intergenerational Study of the Rise of Obesity

By Banwell, C., Broom, D., Davies, A., Dixon, J.

A new book by three leading Australian academics takes a fresh look at the obesity problem, seeing it as a social phenomenon as well as a public health problem.

Weight of Modernity is published by Springer

Mon 30 September, 2013

A number of journal articles have recently been published by members of our Food Research Network on the topic of nutrition and obesity.

Tue 03 September, 2013

New research published in Nature by Dan Bebber, Mark Ramotowski and Sarah Gurr (a past member of our Food Research Network) shows a shift towards the poles in observations of hundreds of pests and pathogens, which supports the hypothesis of global warming-driven pest movement.

Mon 02 September, 2013

The Global Food Security Programme, working with Cambridge University, recently completed a project to identify priority research questions for the UK food system. The full results are published online in the journal Food Security.

In a blog post on the Global Food Security Programme website, John Ingram explains the process they went through to establish these research priorities, and summarises the outcomes.

Fri 23 August, 2013

Dr Tara Garnett, who runs the Food Climate Research Network, has just brought out a paper in the Journal of Cleaner Production which looks at 3 perspectives on sustainable food security: efficiency, demand restraint, food system transformation. She then asks: what is the role of Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) within these perspectives?

Fri 23 August, 2013

In this article, Stefan Dercon, Professor of Development Economics and, currently, Chief Economist at the UK Department for International Development (DFID), questions the role of agriculture in policy narratives for development.

Mon 12 August, 2013

The British Heart Foundation has published the first Coronary Heart Disease statistics supplement to focus on children and young people, presenting a wider range of statistics concerning their behaviour and health.

The statistics were produced by Nick Townsend, Prachi Bhatnagar, Kremlin Wickramasinghe, Julianne Williams, Daniel Vujcich and Mike Rayner from the British Heart Foundation Health Promotion Research Group based at Oxford's Nuffield Department of Population Health.

Download the report from the British Heart Foundation website here.

Mon 12 August, 2013

A report has been published which maps out environment-related risks in the agricultural supply chain and shows how they might affect assets over time.

The report is written by Ben Caldecott, Nicholas Howarth and Patrick McSharry from the Smith School of Enterprise and the Envionment's Stranded Assets Programme.

Download the report from the Stranded Assets Programme website here.


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