One of the key aims of the Programme on the Future of Food is to contribute to policy, at both national and international levels. In addition to many researchers from the University being involved in an advisory role, or seconded to government and other organisations, we shall be organising meetings and workshops to address specific policy needs.

Sustainable Intensification

The Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, working closely with the Food Climate Research Network and other research and policy organisations, has been involved in developing and discussing the issues surrounding Sustainable Intensification.

We have produced a report entitled, "Sustainable intensification in agriculture: navigating a course through competing food system priorities", which came out of a workshop on sustainable intensification held in Oxford in January 2012.

Natural Science Evidence Base for Control of Bovine TB

This project aims to provide a succinct summary of the natural science evidence base underlying bovine tuberculosis policy in the UK.

The evidence summary can be found as the Appendix to a paper in press in the Proceedings of the Royal Society, Biological Sciences.

Links to this paper can be downloaded from the bTB Evidence Project page.

Neonicotinoids: Role of Pesticides in Bee Decline

The Oxford Martin School published on May 21st the second in its "restatement" series. Restatements take an area of current policy concern and controversy and attempt to set out the science evidence base in as policy neutral way as possible. They also provide a commentary on the nature of the evidence base.

The restatement, from a group of nine scientists led by Professor Charles Godfray and Professor Angela McLean from the Oxford Martin School, attempts to clarify the scientific evidence available on neonicotinoids to enable different stakeholders to develop coherent policy and practice recommendations. 

The study is published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society.  It is open access and can be downloaded from the Royal Society website here or you can download a single pdf of the paper with the Annotated Bibliography.