Governance

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

The Food Systems Research Group in the Environmental Change Institute and the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food are organising a seminar series based on a number of food system levels: national, subnational, major cities and a provincial city.

The overall aim is to discuss the connections, linkages, food flows and governance arrangements at the different spatial levels. The seminars will cover a range of issues and how these issues change depending on the spatial resolution.

Time: 4.15pm

Location: Gottman Room, Oxford University Centre for the Environment

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

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

FOR THE FINAL PUBLISHED RESTATEMENT OF THE EVIDENCE, PLEASE VISIT THE bTB EVIDENCE PROJECT PAGE.

This project aims to provide a succinct summary of the natural science evidence base underlying bovine tuberculosis policy in the UK.  It has been led by Charles Godfray and Angela McLean from the Oxford Martin School and also involves Christl Donnelly (Imperial College), Rowland Kao (Glasgow University), David Macdonald and Gillian Petrokofsky (Oxford University), James Wood (Cambridge University), Rosie Woodroffe (Institute of Zoology), Douglas Young (MRC National Institute of Medical Research) and Robbie McDonald (University of Exeter).

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The current edition of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B is a special Discussion Meeting Issue on ‘Achieving food and environmental security: new approaches to close the gap’, following a meeting that took place at the Royal Society, in London between 3 and 4 December 2012, to explore some of avenues that science is currently pursuing.

The special edition, organized and edited by Guy Poppy, Paul Jepson, John Pickett and Michael Birkett, includes a paper by Professor Charles Godfray and Dr Tara Garnett, Oxford University, which sets out the case for Sustainable Intensification, arguing that more food needs to be produced but with less impact on the environment. The paper also investigates how Sustainable Internsification may interact with other food policy agendas, in particular, land use and biodiversity, animal welfare and human nutrition.

In the paper, they explain the logic underlying Sustainable Intensification:

  1. That increased production must play at least some role in meeting the food security challenge of the next fifty years
  2. That the vast majority of this increase must come from existing agricultural land
  3. That increasing the sustainability of food production is of equal importance
  4. That we must consider a broad range of tools and production methods to achieve these goals.
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A consortium brought together by the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food has received a major award from the Wellcome Trust as part of their 'Our Planet, Our Health' programme.

The project will look at the consequences of the global increase in the consumption of meat, dairy and other animal-sourced foods and how it affects the environment and human health.  It will focus on how to achieve changes towards more sustainable and healthy diets.

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The Environmental Change Institute is pleased to announce that a Belmont Forum grant has been awarded for research planning on food system governance arrangements in southern African. Partners include the Universities of Newcastle, Stellenbosch, Cape Town, Florida and Wageningen, with coordination by provided by ECI.

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Cross-university, interdisciplinary food systems training to improve food security and environmental outcomes

The Environmental Change Institute’s Food Systems Programme is pleased to announce an exciting new programme of teaching and learning for graduate students at the Environmental Change Institute and four other leading universities in England.

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A review on Meat consumption, health, and the environment was published in Science on the 20th July by the Livestock, Environment and People (LEAP) team, highlighting the growing annual consumption of meat and its consequences. The review states that changing meat consumption habits is a challenge that requires identifying the complex social factors associated with meat eating and developing policies for effective interventions.

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The Environmental Change Institute is pleased to announce a new internship available to any currently matriculated Oxford students with Good Food Oxford, a Sustainable Food Cities initiative that aims to identify and catalyse actions by individuals and organisations that will promote a healthy, fair, ethical and environmentally sustainable food system in and around Oxford.

Good Food Oxford is offering a placement for an intern to help develop monitoring and evaluation modeling to measure the impact of their work. The intern will be required to compile background data and statistics on their three strategy areas in order to form a baseline from which to establish measurable deliverables. They will then have the opportunity to work closely with the team to establish monitoring and evaluation models, and feed into their policy and strategy work.

To find out more, please read the Good Food Oxford Specification or contact Emma Weisbord, the Sustainability Internship Programme Coordinator.

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The Oxford Food Governance Group seminars last term on the Politics and Practices of Food are now available to listen to online as podcasts from the Oxford University podcast website:

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As part of the Oxford Martin School's video series of "Big Questions", you can now watch Programme Director Professor Charles Godfray answer some key questions about the future of food:

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