Food Climate Research Network

The FCRN's aim is to increase our understanding of how the food system contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and what we can do to reduce them.

The Food Climate Research Network was set up in 2004 by Tara Garnett. It was originally based at the University of Surrey, but is moving to the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, as of summer 2012.

The FCRN's focus is broad, encompassing technological options, behaviour change and the policy dimension. We look at the role of technology in reducing food-related emissions but also at what changes in our behaviour (in what and how we eat) are also needed – bearing in mind too the complex interactions between technological developments and changing behavioural norms. We explore the role that government, the business community, non-governmental organisations and individuals could play in tackling food related emissions. Finally, we recognise that the climate challenge needs to be seen in a broader social, ethical and environmental context. We look at how actions to reduce GHG emissions might affect other areas of concern such as human food security, animal welfare, and biological diversity.

The FCRN works in the following ways:

  • Research – publications can be found on the project’s website
  • Knowledge sharing – regular newsletters to a wide range of people, with up-to-date summaries and commentary on new reports, information and events
  • Knowledge base – the website acts as a comprehensive learning resource about food and climate
  • Communication - The FCRN presents widely and frequently to varied audiences, including government, the food industry, NGOs, academics and students
  • Seminars – workshops, seminars and conferences

As of August 2012 the FCRN will be mainly funded by the Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security Programme of the CGIAR, with additional funding from the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food.