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Introduction by Marie Persson of the Food Climate Research Network (FCRN), Blog post by Henri de Ruiter

The UK is increasingly “outsourcing” the environmental impact of its food supply

This new FCRN blog-post discusses the findings of a recent paper by Henri de Ruiter and colleagues, Global cropland and greenhouse gas impacts of UK food supply are increasingly located overseas.  Henri is a PhD Student at the University of Aberdeen and the James Hutton Institute and his current PhD project considers the implications of meeting a healthy and environmentally sustainable diet for future land use. In this post he describes how the UK is becoming increasingly dependent on croplands overseas and the environmental implications of this trend. He also reflects on the complexities of this type of research, and describes the combination of methods that the researchers used to calculate the total cropland footprint of the UK and its associated greenhouse gas emissions.

 

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Food Climate Research Network’s founder to receive prestigious award for research on sustainable food systems

Dr Tara Garnett will receive the 2015 Premio Daniel Carasso at a ceremony in Madrid today (17 September 2015) for her commitment to reducing the food system’s impact on the climate through research and dialogue.

As a researcher at the University of Oxford and Lead of the Food Climate Research Network, Tara Garnett undertakes interdisciplinary research on sustainable food systems at the intersection of environmental sustainability, public health and ethics. The prize recognises her work and commitment, including her thorough research on the food system’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, and on the potential that sustainable diets can play in reducing them.

Read more on FCRN's website here or download the FCRN Press Release.

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Deadline: Sunday, September 27, 2015

The FCRN is looking for interns to evaluate and develop the networking functions of the website. Do you have an interest in food system sustainability and want to gain some practical work experience in this field? Do you want to get an in depth view of the workings of a global online network and contribute to analyse challenges of online collaboration and networking? We are looking for people who have a diversity of experiences – both people with technical experience working with websites (using website tools focused on design and functionality) as well as people who are more familiar with communications and how networks and online interactions function. We thus also welcome people who are relatively new to working with websites and who can therefore contribute a beginner’s-eye view and an ‘outsider’s perspective.

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A new think piece has been published by the Food Climate Research Network focusing on the future of livestock production - or rather on a range of different livestock futures.

Find out more about the report and download it from the FCRN website.

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By Dr Elin RöösSwedish University of Agricultural Sciences & visitor at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford

"What role of grazing livestock in a world of climate change and diet-related disease?" was the overarching question being discussed at an event in Bristol last week organised by the Sustainable Food Trust (SFT).

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New FCRN report - Changing what we eat: A call for research & action on widespread adoption of sustainable healthy eating

Government leadership and substantial investment in research are needed to shift global consumption habits towards eating patterns that are both healthy and sustainable, say academics, industry and NGOs representatives in a new report.

The report, Changing What We Eat, published by the Food Climate Research Network (FCRN), part of the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford, outlines the work needed to shift societies to consumption patterns that can meet both public health and environmental goals.  

Research is now needed in three key areas, say those involved in the report:

  • What are healthy sustainable eating patterns?
  • How do we eat now, why, and what are the health and sustainability implications?
  • How do we achieve positive change?
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The Food Climate Research Network has released a new FCRN discussion paper which considers the increasingly topical question of: ‘What is a sustainable healthy diet?’

The paper begins by highlighting the rationale for focusing on the diets question, and then moves on to discuss definitions of ‘good nutrition’ on the one hand, and ‘sustainability’ on the other. The main substance of the paper concerns itself with the major food groups that constitute UK’s Eatwell plate, examining the health and sustainability issues that their consumption raises, before drawing some conclusions. A review of recent studies in this area is also included. An important limitation of the paper is that it focuses largely on developed country contexts.

Download the Discussion Paper.

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Postdoctoral Fellow, food price and food security impacts of dietary transition

Location:  London Campus, Gordon Square

Closing date for applications: 11 April 2014

£32,862 - £38,795 p.a. inclusive of London Allowance, Fixed term for 12 months

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Officer to work full time on a 12 month project funded by the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research in Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH).

The Research Officer will work on the project “Food price and food security impacts of dietary transition”.

They will be based at SOAS in London, working within the London International Development Centre in collaboration with the Food Climate Research Network (FCRN) and the Royal Veterinary College (RVC).

Visit the SOAS website for more information.

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Dr Tara Garnett, who runs the Food Climate Research Network, has brought out a major new report on the social, economic and environmental transformations in China’s food system.

Appetite for Change provides a detailed and integrative analysis of the dramatic changes in China’s food system over the last 35 years, and explores the linkages among the environmental, health, economic and cultural trends that are emerging.

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The current edition of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B is a special Discussion Meeting Issue on ‘Achieving food and environmental security: new approaches to close the gap’, following a meeting that took place at the Royal Society, in London between 3 and 4 December 2012, to explore some of avenues that science is currently pursuing.

The special edition, organized and edited by Guy Poppy, Paul Jepson, John Pickett and Michael Birkett, includes a paper by Professor Charles Godfray and Dr Tara Garnett, Oxford University, which sets out the case for Sustainable Intensification, arguing that more food needs to be produced but with less impact on the environment. The paper also investigates how Sustainable Internsification may interact with other food policy agendas, in particular, land use and biodiversity, animal welfare and human nutrition.

In the paper, they explain the logic underlying Sustainable Intensification:

  1. That increased production must play at least some role in meeting the food security challenge of the next fifty years
  2. That the vast majority of this increase must come from existing agricultural land
  3. That increasing the sustainability of food production is of equal importance
  4. That we must consider a broad range of tools and production methods to achieve these goals.
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