Efforts to increase crop yields are critical to meeting growing demands for food from a larger, wealthier population.

Tara Garnett reflects on her co-authored, recently released, article 'Sustainable Intensification in Agriculture: Premises and Policies'.

By Chris Kaplonski, University of Cambridge, Anthropology
‘This can’t be healthy!’ ‘I don’t want to drink this!’  Thus the consumers.
‘I wanted to make healthy wine.’ Thus the winemaker.
We are all familiar with the story of the environmental campaigners standing up to the evil MegaCorp and their nefarious effect on the food supply. While I have no wish to detract from such movements, here I want to tell another story – the nefarious consumers and their invidious effects on the growth of sustainable wine-making. 
Austria proclaims itself Europe’s greenest wine-making industry, with 90% of vineyards under some form of sustainable cultivation – whether integrated pest management and intercropping, the more stringent organic rules, or even biodynamic farming. Some go even a step further, to what is called ‘natural’ wine which eschews most technological fixes available to winemakers, as well as farming organically or biodynamically. Yet the maker of the un/healthy wines, a producer of natural wines, exports about 90 percent of his wines, including to the world-famous restaurant NOMA in Copenhagen, since people in Austria won’t drink it. 

By Hannah Rowlands

We were fortunate enough to have Professor James Jones, University of Florida, one of the principal investigators on AgMIP, speak to us recently in Oxford about "Model-Based Integrated Assessment of Food Security".


By Hannah Rowlands.

Last week, The Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food and the Plants for the 21st Century Institute were fortunate enough to host Jack Bobo, Senior Advisor for Biotechnology for the United States Department of State, giving a talk about biotechnology, agriculture and food security. In this blog post, I summarise some of the arguments he made.


Speaker: Dr. Gary Martin (Global Diversity Foundation)

Time: 5.30pm

Date: Thursday, December 4th

Venue: Danson Room, Trinity College

Sponsored by the Trinity College Scientific Society

Refreshments will be provided.


The 2017 Oxford Food Forum seeks to showcase diverse understandings of the food system that break down traditional silos constraining connectivity between people, places, and problems within the food system.


Date: Thursday, June 20 2013

Time: 12:30pm

Venue: Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, 100 Strand, London, WC2R 0EW

Lunch Presentation and commentary chaired by Nick Spencer, Director Client Strategies & Research, Russell Investments

A Preliminary Model for Constructing Tailored Farmland Portfolios

Dane Rook. D.Phil. Candidate, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford


Trinity College Scientific Society proudly presents

“Achieving Food Security and Sustainability for 9 Billion”

A talk by Chris Leaver, Emeritus Professor of Plant Science

Venue: Danson Room, Trinity College

Date: 9th May (Thursday 3rd Week)

Time: Arrive 8.20 p.m. for a 8.30 start

Free Admission

Wine and other refreshments will be provided

For more information, please download the poster for this event.

You can also read the abstract for this talk.


Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable


  • Edward Green, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Green Biologics
  • Ruth Kelly, Economic Policy Advisor at Oxfam
  • Christopher Durham, Economic Advisor at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Clare Wenner, Head of Renewable Transport, Renewable Energy Association

Venue: New Biochemistry, University of Oxford

Date: Friday, November 7th 2012

Time: 6pm - 7.30pm

Register for free here!


Speaker: Gail Preston

Date: 21st October 2013

Time: 19:30 - 21:00

Venue: Daubeny Lecture Theatre, Botanic Garden Entrance, High Street, Oxford, OX1 4AZ

Cost: £8 per talk or £36 for whole series

Book online

Metal hyperaccumulator plants are an unusual group of plants that are able to accumulate exceptionally high concentrations of metals such as zinc, nickel, copper and cadmium in their leaves. They are typically found growing in metal-rich soils, and are of interest because of their potential applications in remediation of metal pollution caused by mining and industry. However, the reasons why these plants do this are not fully understood. One possibility is that the toxicity of the accumulated metal provides an 'elemental' defence against herbivory and disease.

This talk is part of the Botanic Gardens Science Lecture Series.