Governance

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

Charles Godfray's talk, "Food security and choice, can we have both?", that he gave at TEDxHousesofParliament is now available to watch on YouTube.

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Professor John Krebs is seeking to hire a post doc or senior DPhil student to help with preparation of two lectures on topics to do with Food. The lectures will be delivered in Japan in early September. The postholder will help with researching data and literature and preparing the powerpoint presentations. It is estimated that there will be 1-2 weeks work, to be carried out in the period June – end August.

If you are intertested, please contact Professor John Krebs driectly on john.krebs@zoo.ox.ac.uk for further details.

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A third of the world's food is wasted – how can we stop the rot?

The Guardian and Tesco recently organised a roundtable to discuss the issue of food waste. This comes soon after Tesco, with help from WRAP, announced its figures for food waste for the first time.

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Care about what we eat? Interested in good evidence?  Want to influence policy?

Two new opportunities for dynamic, committed individuals in the Food Foundation.

The Food Foundation is a new independent organisation seeking to present solutions to address the growing challenges facing the UK’s food system. With very high rates of obesity, declining dietary quality among low-income consumers, rising food prices and growing pressure on producers and productive land, the challenge to make the food system have a positive human impact is immense.

We are recruiting for two positions, forming part of a small and dynamic team with the chance to shape the future strategy of the Food Foundation. Full details are on our website via the links below:

A Policy & Research Officer

A Communications & Admin Assistant

Both posts are located in central London (Vauxhall) with excellent transport links.

Closing date: 8 June at 9am.

For more information, please visit the Food Foundation website: www.foodfoundation.org.uk

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On Tuesday 17 March, Professor Susan Jebb gave the annual Oxford London Lecture entitled: Knowledge, nudge and nanny: opportunities to improve the nation’s diet.

The entire talk is now available to watch online.

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Videos of all the talks and panel disucssions from the Re|source 2012 conference are now available on the conference website.

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Professor Charles Godfray, Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, recently gave the Florida Climate Institute distinguished scholar seminar sponsored by Kevin and Jeanette Malone on "The Role of Sustainable Intensification in Global Food Security".

You can watch his lecture on the University of Florida website.

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The Global Food Security Programme, working with Cambridge University, recently completed a project to identify priority research questions for the UK food system. The full results are published online in the journal Food Security.

In a blog post on the Global Food Security Programme website, John Ingram explains the process they went through to establish these research priorities, and summarises the outcomes.

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University of Minnesota:

Postdoctoral Associates in Sustainability of Food and Bioenergy Systems

Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
College of Science and Engineering

Description: Two postdoctoral associate positions are now available in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Topics for research projects concern the sustainability of food and bioenergy systems. Responsibilities include conducting collaborative research, written and oral communication of results, and preparation of grant reporting materials. Positions are funded by grants from the United States Department of Energy (DOE), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the University of Minnesota’s Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment (IREE), Institute on the Environment (IonE), and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). Review of applications will begin immediately.

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Oxford asks - What does it take to feed a city?

Commissioned by Oxford’s City Council, ‘FoodPrinting Oxford’ calculates the resources and risks involved with Oxford’s food supply, and explores how best to make the city’s food system more reliable.

Copies of the report can be downloaded from the LandShare website here: http://www.landshare.org/uploads/7/5/4/1/7541639/food_printing_web.pdf

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