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

A Restatement of the Natural Science Evidence Base Relevant to the Control of Bovine Tuberculosis in Great Britain

Bovine TB is a very important disease of cattle that has major costs to the government and to the farming community. It is also found in wildlife, especially badgers, and whether culling badgers should be part of bTB control is very controversial.


Michaelmas 2013 Seminar Series
‘Demography, Agriculture & Food’

The Oxford Institute of Population Ageing holds Seminars every Thursday throughout Term, from 12:30 p.m. to 2.00 p.m at the Oxford Martin School 34 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BD (with the exception of Thursday 17th October which is being held in the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, 66 Banbury Road, OX2 6PR).

Everyone is welcome to attend.


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.