By Rachel Loopstra and David Stuckler, Department of Sociology

Foodbank use in the UK has topped one million for the first time, according to new figures from the Trussell Trust. The charity that oversees more than 400 food banks across the country has recorded a 19% rise in the number of food parcels being given out to families in need.

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On this week's Life Scientific on BBC Radio 4, Professor Susan Jebb discuss her research into obesity and how she became a leading researcher in the field.

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Scientists in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics have discovered a previously unknown mechanism behind how the fat mass and obesity associated (FTO) gene promotes obesity.  Their findings may have important implications for future therapeutic strategies to combat obesity.

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By Jade Phillips, University of Birmingham

 

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This blog post is taken from Research in Conversation, a series of interviews with researchers across Oxford University. Each interviewee raises a question arising from their research, which the next interview follows up on, approaching from a different discipline. Together, these linked interviews form 'chains' that collectively, and from many different perspectives, ask big questions like what it is to be human, how to live a healthy life and our changing relationship with information.

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The mass expansion of food banks across the United Kingdom is associated with cuts in spending on local services, welfare benefits and higher unemployment rates, a study has found.

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SWFF Grants Round 3

In March 2015, Securing Water for Food announced its third call for innovations. This $12.5 million call for proposals focuses on identifying market-driven, low-cost, and scalable solutions that will enable us to improve water efficiency and wastewater reuse; enhance water capture and storage; and reduce the impacts of salinity on aquifers and food production. 

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By Dr Joost Vervoort & Elisabeth van de Grift

Under uncertain futures, decision-makers and researchers from across the Mekong region in Southeast Asia are reviewing their agriculture and climate policies.

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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Conceptual Frameworks and Scenarios Analysis for the H2020 'SUStainable Food And Nutrition Security (SUSFANS)

Location: School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford

Salary: £38,511 - £45,954 p.a.

Application Deadline: 30 April 2015

The Environmental Change Institute's 'Food Systems Programme' is contributing to the University of Oxford's broad view of food systems by increasing understanding of the two-way interactions between food security and environmental change.

They are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant who will work as part of the Programme team with specific emphasis on helping to deliver the Horizon 2020 SUSFANS WP1 (Conceptual framework and FNS sustainability metrics) and the scenario review element of WP6. This will entail special emphasis on developing metrics for sustainable food systems and the use of foresight exercises in sustainable food and nutrition security in Europe. The post will involve limited travel within UK and Europe.

For more information, please visit the Oxford University Recruitment website or download the Job Description and Person Specification

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By Professor Mike Hamm, C. S. Mott Professor of Sustainable Agriculture at Michigan State University (MSU) & visiting fellow of Mansfield College, University of Oxford.

In this blog-post Visiting Fellow, Mike Hamm, critically considers the environmental sustainability of vertical- and indoor farming.  In particular, he explores and challenges claims that fully indoor production systems can provide a significant source of food for urban areas at low carbon cost.  Ultimately, he argues that there are a number of other urban and peri-urban food growing options that offer greater potential, and deserve more policy attention and support.

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