GFS recently hosted two workshops to launch the new Strategic Priorities Funding call ‘Transforming the UK food system for healthy people and a healthy environment’. The workshops aimed to inform, inspire and to facilitate networking between stakeholders and academia from across the UK.
Cross-stakeholder collaboration is required for food system transformation; a key message from the GFS Resilience of the UK Food System in a Global Context programme’s recent stakeholder event in Edinburgh.
The principle of joined-up food policy has been circulating for at least twenty years, but now is the time to put it into practice, says Dr Kelly Parsons (City University of London).
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.