Applications are now open for GFS’s annual 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.
Coinciding with the 2021 United Nations Food System Pre-Summit (26-28 July), the Global Food Security programme has published its new multi-stakeholder dialogue report. The report was selected to feed into the official UK Member State Dialogue for the UN Food System Summit.
To celebrate the 2021 UN International Youth Day, on Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health, 17 year old Emily Yanchuk, vice chair of Bite Back’s youth board, shares her insights. Emily demonstrates how youth are key agents of transformational change in the food system, and the importance of the youth voice.
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.