Governance

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

Full Planet, Empty Plates: the new geopolitics of food scarcity

Lester R. Brown

Date: Tuesday 25 June

Time: 4.30 - 5.30pm

Venue: Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre, School of Geography and the Environment, South Parks Road

Please email comms@ouce.ox.ac.uk to book your place

Could food be the weak link in our early twenty-first civilization, much as it was in so many of the earlier civilizations whose archaeological sites we now study?

The world is in transition from an era of food abundance to one of scarcity. On the demand side of the food equation, there will be 219,000 people at the dinner table tonight who were not there last night. And some 3 billion increasingly affluent people are moving up the food chain, consuming more grain-intensive livestock and poultry products. The bottom line is that we are entering an era of intensifying food scarcity, one that is leading to intense competition for control of land and water resources - in short, a new geopolitics of food.

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Linacre Lectures 2013

Speaker: David Heath CBE MP, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food

Title: The Future for Agriculture and Food

Venue: Department of Plant Sciences

Date: Thursday 7th February 2013

Time: 17.30

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Speaker: Dr Gordon McGranahan, Principal Researcher, International Institute for Environment and Development.

Title: Urbanization and food insecurity in an unequal world.

Venue: Department of Plant Sciences

Date: Thursday 17th January

Time: 17.30

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St Anne’s College, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HS

07th November 2018

 

A multi-disciplinary research conference on the effects of meat and dairy on population health, the economy, society and the environment

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Lead author, Dr Jeremy Wakeford, presents the Sustainability Institute’s new DfID-commissioned report exploring the energy-food-water nexus.

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Time and location:

Thursday 21st April 2016, 3:00pm, Oxford Martin School Seminar Room 1, https://goo.gl/maps/7suTz7NcTep

Speaker:

Craig Bakker, Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, John Hopkins University

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Speakers: Tom Curtis, 3Keel & Julian Cottee, 3Keel & Good Food Oxford

Title: Community initiatives for a sustainable food system in Oxford

Date: Monday 9 March

Time: 4.15pm

Location: Gottman Room, OUCE

The talk will be 30-45 minutes, followed by a Q&A session and then a short wine reception.

Everyone welcome.

The FoodPrinting Oxford report (2013) developed a methodology to quantify for the first time the environmental impacts and dependencies of food consumption in Oxford in terms of land, water and energy use, and greenhouse gas emissions. In addition it evaluated options for taking action at city level and identified groups of organisations and businesses able to act in different areas. Included in this options appraisal was an assessment of the productive capacity around Oxford’s geographical ‘city-region’.  A year later, a new organisation, Good Food Oxford, took shape develop the city’s capacity to coordinate effective food sustainability activities. We will report on the approach that has been taken and how new cross-sector collaborations have started to build on the FoodPrinting report to take on the complex challenge of behaviour change.

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Speaker: Dr Elin Röös, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Title: Designing Sustainable Diets at a National Level – a Case Study of Sweden

Date: Wednesday 18 February

Time: 4.15pm

Location: Gottman Room, OUCE

The talk will be 30-45 minutes, followed by a Q&A session and then a short wine reception.

Everyone welcome.

Livestock production is responsible for 14,5% of global GHG emissions and one third of arable land is used to grow feed. The consumption of meat and dairy must be reduced in the developed world to meet sustainability targets. But what is a sustainable level of animal products in the diet? Many advocate raising animals on resources that are not suitable for human consumption such as grass from marginal land unsuited for crop production and by-products, while using arable land to produce human edible foods. But how much meat and what kind of diet would such an approach result in? In this seminar I will present and discuss the sustainability of such diets produced in Sweden and its implications for Swedish agriculture.

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Speaker: Professor John Porter, University of Copenhagen

Title: Food systems of capital cities

Date: Monday 2 March

Time: 4.15pm

Location: Gottman Room, OUCE

The talk will be 30-45 minutes, followed by a Q&A session and then a short wine reception.

Everyone welcome.

John Porter will present some analyses of the food system of capital cities as well as an overview of the AR5 IPCC chapter on food security and food production systems that he led recently. He will also present some new ideas on developing ideal cropping systems, based on the earlier concept of crop ideotypes.

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Speaker: Professor Michael Hamm, Michigan State University

Title: Regional food systems for improved resilience

Date: Monday 23 February

Time: 4.15pm

Location: Gottman Room, OUCE

The talk will be 30-45 minutes, followed by a Q&A session and then a short wine reception.

Everyone welcome.

We in the developed world have tended to concentrate our food sources in areas with a ‘comparative advantage’ for production, typically for climatic reasons.  The cost of energy, post-harvest handling technology, and varietal development has made this possible.  We have entered a period where increased extreme weather events and climatic shifts make this a more risky venture – and provide a strong rationale for regionalized food systems to increase resilience of our food system and help insure food security. This seminar will use examples from the United States and East Africa to illustrate the notion and rationale.

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