IKnowFood, one of the projects in the Global Food Security’s Resilience of the UK Food System in a Global Context programme has helped to shape the Co-op’s new Future of Food ambition.
On 15 October a Taskforce of academics, industry and policymakers attended a GFS workshop in London to discuss and develop four different 2050 food system scenarios that meet the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.
This project will aim to characterise the obstacles that hinder the effective communication of complex systems, identify strategies to overcome these and equip systems-thinkers with the tools to articulate the complexity of our food system to a broad range of stakeholders.
This project will explore how 21st century data technologies could improve transparency, safety, authenticity and traceability within the food system.
At the first meeting the Taskforce identified a list of critical uncertainties for our future food system.
The aim of the GFS Spotlight Award was to deliver a range of interactive workshops spanning the food system to year 4 to year 6 students in eight different schools, culminating in an interschool competition. The workshops covered different aspects of the global food security challenge, including food waste reduction, insect pollinators, diet choices and climate change.
On 30 April GFS held its second annual Science Advisory Group meeting in London. This one-day workshop brought together a variety of system-thinking experts from across the food system to discuss the current events and recent scientific advancements that are likely to impact the global and UK food security landscapes in the future.
In March GFS ran a three-day Policy Lab for early career researchers, exploring the biological, social, environmental, physical and economic determinants of food choice in the UK and globally. After a series of expert talks, the delegates were posed the question: considering the different drivers of food choice, what combination of interventions across the food system would have the most impact in encouraging healthier and more sustainable diets?
The UN recently stated that it finds ‘no credible pathway to 1.5C in place’ with current global commitments to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. In anticipation of the conclusion of COP27, here is a recap from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, released in April 2022. This looks at possible solutions and mitigation strategies in response to the changing climate, including what role the food system can play in our fight against climate change.
- Date: 11 November 2022
New report, produced as part of the ‘Transforming UK Food Systems SPF Programme’ to explore the impact of Covid-19 across the UK food system, including food system resilience, lessons learnt and building back better.