Applications have now closed for GFS’s 2021 research storytelling competition. In honour of the UK hosting COP26, this year’s competition aims to equip UKRI early career researchers with the knowledge and skills to not only inform climate action in the food system, but to inspire it as well.
New reports published mapping policy levers and providing a toolbox to support cross-system conversations, research and action from the Transforming UK Food Systems SPF programme.
To celebrate the 2021 UN International Youth Day, on Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health, GFS presents blog posts from young people involved in transforming the UK food system. Jacob Rosenberg, member of Bite Back’s youth board, discusses the importance of the environments that shape and influence the food young people buy and eat.
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.