Governance

Food security in a globally-connected world will require better governance at all levels – local, national and international.

A combination of a carbon tax on food and a tax on sugary drinks in the UK could lead to health benefits, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and raise up to GB£3.6 billion revenue, according to research published in the open access journal BMC Public Health.

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This week's On the Money was a special edition about the Future of Food. The show included a panel of experts on the food system, including Programme Director, Professor Charles Godfray.

China's buying up the world's big food companies to guarantee its supplies. How do we make sure we're not locked out? After the horse meat scandal are we getting what it says on the tin? And with billions more people on the planet - how do we feed everyone?

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A recent episode of the BBC World Service's In the Balance looked at the topic of the Future of Food. In the programme, they interview Programme Director, Professor Charles Godfray, about population growth, the Green Revolution and changing demand for food.

Listen again to this programme here or download the podcast of this programme here.

About the programme: "Will we be able to feed the 9 and a half billion people that the UN says will be on the planet by 2050? And if so, which technologies will help the most? We meet the people and businesses working to re-shape the way we'll eat, and farm, in the years to come."

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The Oxford Global Food Security Forum presents

Food Security Research: Critical Perspectives and Marginalized Issues

The 3rd Annual Oxford Student Global Food Security Conference

Date: Saturday May 3, 2014

Location: University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Abstracts of no more than 500 words by January 15, 2014, sent to:
oxford.food.forum.2014@gmail.com

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Call for Contributions: World Food System Conference 2015 | 21 – 26 June 2015 | Ascona, Switzerland

Tackling World Food System Challenges: Across Disciplines, Sectors, and Scales

The World Food System Center of the ETH Zürich is pleased to announce that the call for contributions to the World Food System Conference 2015. The conference organizers are particularly interested in contributions that highlight cross- and trans-disciplinary collaborations and focus on solutions to the challenges facing the world food system.  Submission deadline is 22 February 2015.

Please see the flyer or visit www.wfsconference2015.org for further details.

Submission deadline: 22 February 2015

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Ethics of Food Security in a Changing Society – Learning from the Past to Shape the Future

24th September 2014 @Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park

The conference will be followed by a public lecture for which the confirmed speaker is Professor Tim Benton, the UK Champion for Global Food Security.

Abstract submission:

Abstracts will be selected for poster and oral presentation according to their relevance with the conference’s core themes. Abstract submission will open on the 25th of April and close on the 1st of June.

Abstracts have to be sent to foodsecurity@cumberlandlodge.ac.uk

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Drs. Karin Eli and Tanja Schneider are organising a session on ‘Taste and the Everyday Governance of Food Consumption‘ at the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) conference in San Diego in September 2013. Read more no. 28 >

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Extreme weather events leave populations with not enough food both in the short- and the long-term. A new report by the Environmental Change Institute (ECI), at the School of Geography and the Environment, concludes that better governance could have lessened the impact on the poorest and most vulnerable, and affected populations have been let down by the authorities in past disasters.

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Listen to Professor Charles Godfray debate the Future of Our Food on this week's Costing the Earth on BBC Radio 4:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b042jhlh

The panel is made up of experts from the world of food and agriculture:

Professor Charles Godfray from the Oxford Martin Programme for the Future of Food; Colin Tudge, the man behind the Campaign for Real Farming; new Groceries Adjudicator, Christine Tacon; Sean Rickard and economist who specialises in food and farming, and Tristram Stuart: winner of the award for 'Best Initiative in British Food' at last week's BBC Food and farming awards, the food waste campaigner behind the Feeding the 5000 and Pig Idea projects.

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A new issue of the Oxford Review of Economic Policy, edited by Christopher Adam and Doug Gollin, Department of International Development, discusses the economics and politics of the rapidly changing global food and agricultural system.

It tackles the big public policy questions associated with the huge, recent transformation of the food system from small scale and highly seasonal agricultural production to an industrialized food system in which farm-based production accounts for only a small fraction of gross spending on food in rich countries.

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