Climate change

Greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and the transport of food make up a significant proportion of global emissions, while climate change will impact food systems through increased drought, flooding and extreme weather events.

A new publication in BMJ Open by Oxford researchers looks at the possible impact on chronic diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, if the UK were to introduce a tax on greenhouse gas emissions on food and drink.

Read the full article in BMJ Open:

Assessing the impact on chronic disease of incorporating the societal cost of greenhouse gases into the price of food: an econometric and comparative risk assessment modelling study, Adam D M Briggs, Ariane Kehlbacher, Richard Tiffin, Tara Garnett, Mike Rayner, Peter Scarborough, BMJ Open 2013;3:e003543 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-003543

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Science, Technology & Environmental Policy Program on the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

Post-Doctoral Fellow or Associate Research Scholar for Global Agriculture and Climate Change

The Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy program at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University invites applications for a position as a post-doctoral research associate in Global Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Mitigation and Forest Protection.

This position will report to and work closely with Tim Searchinger, an Associate Research Scholar, and principal investigator of the project.

To apply, please visit the Princeton University website

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A report has been published which maps out environment-related risks in the agricultural supply chain and shows how they might affect assets over time.

The report is written by Ben Caldecott, Nicholas Howarth and Patrick McSharry from the Smith School of Enterprise and the Envionment's Stranded Assets Programme.

Download the report from the Stranded Assets Programme website here.

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The Green Food Project (GFP) reported in July 2012 and one of the recommendations suggested follow-on work to investigate the roles that diet and consumption play in the sustainability of the whole food system. It was agreed that this work should continue with the same approach taken in the Green Food Project, to work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders.

Read the Sustainable Consumption Report here

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A third of the world's food is wasted – how can we stop the rot?

The Guardian and Tesco recently organised a roundtable to discuss the issue of food waste. This comes soon after Tesco, with help from WRAP, announced its figures for food waste for the first time.

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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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If you missed the Oxford Martin School event last week, "Well fed? The health and environmental implications of our food choices", with talks by Professor Susan Jebb, Dr Mike Rayner and Dr Tara Garnett, then you can watch a video of the event here:

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University of Minnesota:

Postdoctoral Associates in Sustainability of Food and Bioenergy Systems

Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
College of Science and Engineering

Description: Two postdoctoral associate positions are now available in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Topics for research projects concern the sustainability of food and bioenergy systems. Responsibilities include conducting collaborative research, written and oral communication of results, and preparation of grant reporting materials. Positions are funded by grants from the United States Department of Energy (DOE), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the University of Minnesota’s Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment (IREE), Institute on the Environment (IonE), and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). Review of applications will begin immediately.

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by Laura Pereira

Laura attended the 3rd Global Conference on Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security and Climate Change, held in South Africa in December 2013. Here are her thoughts and reflections on the conference.

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