Following the initial March workshop and independent group work, the second GFS Crop Climate Working Group workshop was held on 18th June 2019. This workshop developed further the themes and case studies identified in March, to demonstrate how joint working and future research between crop breeders and climate modellers can help address the identified gaps in knowledge and research. Discussions ranged from short term climate patterns impacting UK wheat production, integrated cropping systems and climate threats in India, and disease resistance and banana production in South America to longer term transformations to agricultural systems that are resilient to climatic changes. These case studies will be developed further and presented in a joint report, to be published later this year.
The 2019 Policy Lab winners present their new report which identifies the potential impacts of the emerging trend of plant-based diets on the UK food system. Here the team give a ‘behind the scenes’ to their process of writing a Think Piece, how they successfully engaged with stakeholders, and why now is the opportune time to be discussing plant-based diets.
A new GFS and BBSRC report details the findings from a workshop with stakeholders across the food system, exploring how we could ‘build back better’ and create a more resilient post COVID-19 food network which simultaneously delivers resilience and sustainability.