Archive for April 2012

Keeping science connected

A view from the Brazilian agricultural frontier. John Lucas reports.

John Lucas

I’ve just got back from a five month stay in Brazil as a UK scientist working as part of the Embrapa Labex programme. Labex entails two main activities:  a research project in collaboration with colleagues in the host organisation, and networking with potential research partners to identify joint research opportunities of strategic importance to both countries.

So, contrary to suggestions that I spent most of my time playing beach volleyball, cavorting with revellers at the Rio Carnaval, or communing with indigenous tribes in remote reaches of the Amazon
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The global dimension of food research in Scotland

Pieter van de Graaf on how Scottish science links to food security issues worldwide.

Pieter van de Graaf.

Scotland’s main food-related policies, the national Food & Drink policy Recipe for Success and the Prevention of Obesity Route Map, both recognise the important role that scientific research plays in achieving the Scottish Government’s policy goals.
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Food and the economy of fairness

Truly sustainable agricultural systems require scientific innovation based around new social and economic principles, says Geoff Tansey.

Geoff Tansey

The fundamental reasons why people face food insecurity are not mainly the scientific and technical.

As a Food Ethics Council Food and Fairness inquiry concluded, the problems we face cannot simply be solved from within a food system perspective but are rooted in institutional features of how the world works today. Within existing frameworks, technological innovation alone will not deliver the kind of change needed to achieve a well-fed world, sustainably and equitably.
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