Governance

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

The balancing act of producing more food sustainably

A policy known as sustainable intensification could help meet the challenges of increasing demands for food from a growing global population, argues a team of scientists in an article in the journal Science.

To read the article in Science without a journal subscription, please click through the links on the FCRN website.

The goal of sustainable intensification is to increase food production from existing farmland says the article in the journal’s Policy Forum by lead authors Dr Tara Garnett and Professor Charles Godfray from the University of Oxford. They say this would minimise the pressure on the environment in a world in which land, water, and energy are in short supply, highlighting that the environment is often overexploited and used unsustainably.

The authors, university researchers and policy-makers from NGOs and the UN, outline a new, more sophisticated account of how ‘sustainable intensification’ should work. They recognise that this policy has attracted criticism in some quarters as being either too narrowly focused on food production or as representing a contradiction in terms.

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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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Earlier this year, the Environmental Change Institute’s (ECI’s) food systems group held the First Oxford Meeting on Food System Impact Valuation. The Meeting, on the 11 and 12 of April 2017, brought together representatives from some of the world’s largest food companies, civil society, and academia, to discuss standardised and pre-competitive measurement and monetary valuation of environmental, social and health impacts from food systems.
 
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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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