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

Food and the Environment

The food system affects and is affected by the environment. The ecosystem services on which food production depends are being degraded at rates that imperil future supplies. The consequences of climate change will be increasingly felt and while not all negative, the effects of the higher frequency of extreme events as well as the time lags in adapting to a changing environment will impact the food system.


Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment

The services of ecological systems and the natural capital stocks that produce them represent a considerable share of the total value of the planet. Because these services are not fully captured in markets, they are often given too little weight in policy decisions and this neglect may threaten the sustainability of humans in the biosphere.

Key facts about neonicotinoids and pollinators:
  • Since their introduction in the 1990s, the use of neonicotinoids has expanded so that today they comprise about 30% by value of the global insecticide market.
  • Insects are important for pollinating many UK crops, including strawberry, raspberry, apple, pear, plum, tomato and many vegetables.

An international panel of scientists is calling for an evidence-driven debate over whether a widely used type of insecticide is to blame for declines in bees and other insect pollinators.


These seminars took place in Michaelmas Term 2012 (October & November).

A number of these seminars are now available to listen to as podcasts


Page » Policy

One of the key aims of the Programme on the Future of Food is to contribute to policy, at both national and international levels. In addition to many researchers from the University being involved in an advisory role, or seconded to government and other organisations, we shall be organising meetings and workshops to address specific policy needs.


People » Aaron Reeves

Postdoctoral Researcher in Quantitative Sociology

Aaron Reeves is working on an EU-funded project (DEMETRIQ) with Dr. David Stuckler examining natural experiments in relation to poverty-reduction and health as well as exploring the impact of the recession and austerity on health outcomes.


People » Abrar Chaudhury

DPhil Student, Environmental Change Institute

Financial and Institutional Design of Climate Change Adaptation


People » Alexandra Morel

Post Doctoral Researcher

Alex is a post-doctoral researcher on the recently launched ECOLIMITS Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) project. This project will be monitoring and modeling ecosystem service provision of intact forest and cocoa-dominated or coffee-dominated production systems for neighboring communities. The ecosystem services to be monitored are nutrient cycling (e.g.