We are delighted to announce that Professor Charles Godfray, FRS, Hope Professor of Zoology, Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, and Fellow of Jesus College, has been knighted for services to scientific research and for scientific advice to government. Sir Charles is a population biologist whose work involves ecology, evolution and epidemiology. He is also interested in the interplay of science and policy, especially in the areas of the environment and food security.

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Guest blog by Carolina Bruschi, a PhD student in the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Reading.

The 2017 Oxford Food Forum: “Beyond the Silo: Understanding and Building Linkages Across the Food System” took place on 29 April in the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford. It was a one-day conference focusing on the relationships and communications inside the food system and their impacts on the production chain.

In my research I have found that the more I specialised I become, the more I recognise a lack of interdisciplinarity and connection between the different levels in the food system. Segregation of academic research from practice is increasingly noticeable, and the result of this segregation is that we often end up overlooking the root causes of some of the problems we encounter, whilst focusing on solving secondary issues generated by them. Over the course of the conference, it became clear to me that this isolation is embedded in the roots of academia, which divides knowledge into segments. This makes communication between the segments difficult and thereby reduces the probability of finding solutions to problems.

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Livestock, Environment and People (LEAP)

Call for job applicants

May 2017

Supported by the Wellcome Trust Our Planet Our Health Programme.

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Extending NHS weight loss programs from one session per week for 12-weeks to one session per week for a year helped people who are overweight to lose more weight and keep it off for longer, according to a study published in The Lancet, and led by researchers from the University of Cambridge, University of Liverpool and University of Oxford.

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On 2nd March 2017 the BBC World Service and Wellcome Collection hosted a panel discussion exploring whether vegetarianism is a sustainable option globally. The event was recorded in front of a live audience and will be broadcast on the World Service in April.

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We are pleased to announce the appointment of the new coordinator of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, Dr Michael Panagopulos, who started this week at the University of Oxford. We apologise for any delays in response to queries in recent months while we have been recruiting for the position and we thank you for your patience while Michael gets up to speed.

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The British Nutrition Foundation Prize for outstanding achievement in nutrition has been awarded to Professor Susan Jebb, Professor of Diet and Population Health in Oxford University’s Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences.

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A consortium brought together by the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food has received a major award from the Wellcome Trust as part of their 'Our Planet, Our Health' programme.

The project will look at the consequences of the global increase in the consumption of meat, dairy and other animal-sourced foods and how it affects the environment and human health.  It will focus on how to achieve changes towards more sustainable and healthy diets.

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In climate change adaptation and development circles we often speak of ‘politics’ and ‘power’ as things that stand in the way of progress. We see this frequently in international negotiations where obstruction and grandstanding are common negotiating tactics by politically motivated actors. Yet this negative view of politics is altogether more widespread than that—it’s present in national planning workshops, project development, and just about any forum were complex interests are negotiated. 

Because power and politics are viewed as inherently negative forces, climate change adaptation theorists and practitioners are often guilty of creating a political deficit in adaptation— that is, we choose to avoid these forces altogether. Instead, we view climate change and its responses as a purely technical endeavour, modelling impacts and using empirical data to prioritize adaptation actions (science rightly tells us that this is the correct approach!). 

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Two new posts have recently been advertised at the University of Sheffield as part of the N* agri-food resilience programme.

Both pasts are for two years, with a closing date of 25th April.

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