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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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Sarah Gurr, a plant pathologist in our food research network, is extensively quoted in a News Focus article about the fungal threat to animals and food crops in Science this week.

Read the whole article online here:

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/337/6095/636.full

Or download a pdf of the article.

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Population: Better lives, not just contraceptives

Devi Sridhar & Karen Grápin have a correspondence article in the latest edition of Nature.

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Mike Rayner outlines the need for a tax on sugary soft drinks in the UK in the Food Programme on BBC Radio 4, in the edition entitled: Can Andrew Lansley change your diet?
 

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