The Food Climate Research Network has released a new FCRN discussion paper which considers the increasingly topical question of: ‘What is a sustainable healthy diet?’

The paper begins by highlighting the rationale for focusing on the diets question, and then moves on to discuss definitions of ‘good nutrition’ on the one hand, and ‘sustainability’ on the other. The main substance of the paper concerns itself with the major food groups that constitute UK’s Eatwell plate, examining the health and sustainability issues that their consumption raises, before drawing some conclusions. A review of recent studies in this area is also included. An important limitation of the paper is that it focuses largely on developed country contexts.

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By: Chris Lander, DPhil Candidate in Geography and the Environment

Mr. Lander's research will be presented at the third annual Oxford Food Security Forum, taking place Sunday May 4, 2014 at St Antony's College.

With the effects of Global Environmental Change (GEC), the approach of ‘peak water’, and a world population that is increasing at a dramatic rate, the question of how the world is going to feed itself is dominant in the literature of those who are concerned with issues surrounding food security, and food sovereignty. Important to us as researchers, is where this food will come from, and we believe that major developments will continue to occur in the post-Soviet space, specifically Russia.

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Professor Charles Godfray, Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, recently gave the Florida Climate Institute distinguished scholar seminar sponsored by Kevin and Jeanette Malone on "The Role of Sustainable Intensification in Global Food Security".

You can watch his lecture on the University of Florida website.

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Women who always or mostly eat organic foods have the same likelihood of developing cancer as women who eat conventionally produced foods, according to a study by Oxford's Cancer Epidemiology Unit.

Kathryn Bradbury, Professor Tim Key and colleagues found no evidence that regularly eating a diet that was grown free from pesticides reduced a woman's overall risk of cancer.

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Narratives of food insecurity tend to pass over unconventional foods as invisible to local sustenance. Perhaps it's the gross-factor to Western perspective, but we're ignoring an important component to what could be a more localized approach to sustainable food systems. See how one documentary series from the World Food Programme normalizes various food sources.

 

 

 

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Postdoctoral Fellow, food price and food security impacts of dietary transition

Location:  London Campus, Gordon Square

Closing date for applications: 11 April 2014

£32,862 - £38,795 p.a. inclusive of London Allowance, Fixed term for 12 months

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Officer to work full time on a 12 month project funded by the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research in Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH).

The Research Officer will work on the project “Food price and food security impacts of dietary transition”.

They will be based at SOAS in London, working within the London International Development Centre in collaboration with the Food Climate Research Network (FCRN) and the Royal Veterinary College (RVC).

Visit the SOAS website for more information.

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Two environmental stewardship internships are currently available from the Sir Peter Elworthy Grant Programme:

GIS Analysis and Agriculture Graduate Internship 2014

International Agricultural Returns Internships 2014

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By Hannah Rowlands.

The Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food is building relationships with organisations in the Oxford area which have an interest in food system research, including the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester.

The RAU, established in 1845, is recognised nationally and internationally as a leader in the delivery of education, research and consultancy, in and relating to, agriculture and the rural environment.

But one link already exists. Many of the beautiful, agriculturally themed 18th and 19th century paintings on the walls at the RAU are on permanent loan from the University of Oxford.

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Dr Tara Garnett, who runs the Food Climate Research Network, has brought out a major new report on the social, economic and environmental transformations in China’s food system.

Appetite for Change provides a detailed and integrative analysis of the dramatic changes in China’s food system over the last 35 years, and explores the linkages among the environmental, health, economic and cultural trends that are emerging.

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The Environmental Change Institute is pleased to announce that a Belmont Forum grant has been awarded for research planning on food system governance arrangements in southern African. Partners include the Universities of Newcastle, Stellenbosch, Cape Town, Florida and Wageningen, with coordination by provided by ECI.

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