Mirjam Hazenbosch from the University of Oxford has been named Winner of the 2020 Global Food Security research storytelling competition ‘Speak Up for Food Security’ at Cambridge Science Festival. Nina Goodlad from the University of Dundee won the Public Choice Award.
New GFS policy lab report explores how adopting a multifunctional landscapes approach can optimise the ecosystem services provided by our landscapes and boost food system resilience in the UK.
Covid-19 is just the latest in a series of disruptions to the UK food system. Now is the time to build food system resilience against inevitable future shocks, says Dr Riaz Bhunnoo, Director of GFS.
The risk of extreme weather hitting several major food producing regions of the world at the same time could triple by 2040. This was the major finding from a GFS report on extreme weather and the food system, which was presented at the AAAS meeting and at the US Senate.
GFS has catalysed a strategic approach to soil science which has helped galvanise investment in research and training. UK soils are worth £5.3 billion to our economy – 2.2 million tonnes of topsoil is lost each year in the UK costing farmers £9 million.
GFS has helped facilitate an £18.5 million multidisciplinary research initiative to help protect animal and human health in the face of emerging livestock farming systems. Meat demand is predicted to rise by 40% in 2030 and there are significant risks to health associated with the rapidly changing nature of livestock farming systems to meet demand: 60% of human pathogens and 75% of emerging diseases are zoonotic.