Get Gobby

Are you a cash-strapped student? Enter our competition - Get Gobby - and you could win £500.

The Challenge: Tell us how you'd convince people to protect the environment by changing their diets.

Visit the Friends of the Earth website for more information.

Whatever your idea, make sure you send it in by midnight Sunday, June 9th 2013.

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A report has just been released on the health impacts of a proposed 10% tax on sugary drinks in Ireland.

The working group who produced this report, commissioned by the Irish Minister for Health, had the expertise of Mike Rayner and his team from Oxford University who carried out modelling work on the financial tax implication for Ireland.

Conclusions based on evidence presented by the HIA process:

  • Obesity is multifaceted with many factors influencing the basic drivers of energy intake and energy expenditure including environment, socio-economic, psycho-social and genetic factors.
  • Sugar Sweetened Drinks (SSDs) are a source of energy intake with little or no other nutrient contribution to the diet.
  • Price increases tend to decrease demand by the degree to which this happens is variable because consumer behaviour and industry response to a tax is difficult to predict.
  • There is evidence linking Sugar Sweetened Drinks consumption with increases in energy intake.
  • The evidence linking Sugar Sweetened Drinks consumption with weight gain is suggestive but not conclusive.

The Working Group were broadly of the view that there was evidence to suggest that SSDs are associated with weight gain and that an SSD levy should not be seen as a revenue generating issue but rather a measure to change behaviour. They agreed that if this tax were implemented there would be a need for good monitoring and evaluation.

Read the entire report here

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The Environmental Change Institute has launched a new policy briefing series: 'Insights for Policy'.

These four-page documents present the aspects of a particular piece of research relevant to policy makers in government, international organisations, business and charity sectors.

The first in the series is about food and environments in East Africa. It looks at how different futures might affect food security and environmental change in the region.

This research comes out of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS).

Download the policy briefing here:
ECI Insights for Policy #1: Shared Action on Food and Environments in East Africa

Visit the Policy Briefing page on the ECI website here:
ECI Insights for Policy

Read more about CCAFS work on Scenarios:

Scenarios website

Scenarios blogs

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What about food matters most to you?

The Oxford Food Governance Group wants to know!

Take our short (10-15 minute) survey and make your voice heard: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MH8JBVS

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact us at oxfordfoodgovernance@gmail.com

Thank you!

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Nutrient profiling and the regulation of marketing to children: Possibilities and pitfalls

Publication in the journal, Appetite, by Mike Rayner, Peter Scarborough and Asha Kaur, as part of a special issue on "Marketing to Children - Implications for Eating Behaviour and Obesity", with the UK Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO).#

To read the full article, please click here

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The Thought for Food Challenge is an annual competition to catalyze university students from all fields of study to learn more about the complex challenges surrounding food security, and inspire them to channel their passions and creativity towards developing new ideas that make a difference.

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As part of the Oxford Martin School's video series of "Big Questions", you can now watch Programme Director Professor Charles Godfray answer some key questions about the future of food:

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This blog post is by Chase Sova, DPhil student at the Environmental Change Institute, and is a summary of the talk given by Peter Hazell recently

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