The Oxford Global Food Security Forum presents

Food and Uncertainty: The Past, Present and Future of Food Security

The 2nd Annual Oxford Global Food Security Conference

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Location: University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Abstracts of no more than 500 words by January 15, 2013, sent to:
oxford.food.forum.2013@gmail.com

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A new article has been published in the journal Global Public Health by Michael Goran, a professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California and Oxford researcher Stanley Uliaszek, professor of Anthropology and Director of the Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity.

The research, which aimed to evaluate, from a global and ecological perspective, the relationships between availability of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and prevalence of type 2 diabetes, concluded that "these results suggest that countries with higher availability of HFCS have a higher prevalence of type 2 diabetes independent of obesity."

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The annual President's Event for LEAF, Linking Environment and Farming, was held on November 14th in the HSBC Tower, Canary Wharf, London.

The theme of the event was "The changing faces of sustainability" and it was hosted LEAF President, Baroness Hazel Byford, DBE with keynote speaker, Professor Charles Godfray FRS.

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An exciting opportunity for a young professional with advanced research and quantitative skills (PhD level preferred) and experience in conducting international research projects to be a core part of an innovative inter-disciplinary research project on land-use changes and land investments.

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Laura Pereira, a PhD student at the School of Geography and the Environment, has just published her PhD thesis entitled, "Private sector adaptive capacity to climate change impacts in the food system: food security implications for South Africa and Brazil".

You can download her thesis from the GECAFS website here

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Obesity in school-age children may be having a significant effect on the health of their hearts, an Oxford University study suggests.

The researchers show that obese children and adolescents have several risk factors for heart disease – including raised blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and a thickening of the heart muscle – compared with normal weight children.

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A new study by Dr Alex Richardson, a senior research fellow at the Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention at Oxford University, has shown that daily supplements of omega-3 fatty acids (Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA) improved the reading and behaviour of underperforming children in mainstream primary schools.

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Organic farming is generally good for wildlife but does not necessarily have lower overall environmental impacts than conventional farming, a new analysis led by Dr Hanna Tuomisto, at Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), has shown.

The researchers analysed data from 71 studies published in peer-reviewed journals that compared organic and conventional farms in Europe.

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Deadline: 7 September, 2012. The Food Climate Research Network is looking for a communications intern to help raise the profile of the organisation, improve its usefulness and accessibility to users, and help develop collaborations and interactions among a growing network of researchers and policy makers working in the field of food and climate. The internship is offered on a fixed term ending on 31st December 2012 with the intern based working from home. It is envisaged that the internship would be part-time for at least 1 day per week, with the opportunity for more work as the project develops.

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Charles Spence, Professor of Experimental Psychology, took part in a recent Food Programme episode on Radio 4, talking about non-food factors that affect food perception, such as the colour of tableware.

You can listen to the programme on the BBC website here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01lsts3

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