Applications now open for GFS’ annual research storytelling competition that challenges early career researchers to not only inform food system change, but to inspire it.
The winning team of this year’s Global Food Security Policy Lab on emerging food trends will be awarded £5000 to write a report on “Are we ready for a plant-based diet?”, which will be published in 2020.
In this month’s guest blog, Hélèna Dove (Kew) explores how we can improve the sustainability of our feasting by getting the most out of our fruits and vegetables.
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.