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: 9 November 2021
2021 is a year of converging events; the UK is hosting the COP26 climate change conference, the UN COP15 conference focusing on biodiversity has just passed, and the international year of fruit and vegetables is in full swing. To celebrate these events, Dr Olivia Cousins shares the importance of maintaining and using the biological diversity of vegetable crops so that they can endure the stresses of our changing climate.
- Date: 12 August 2021
To celebrate the 2021 UN International Youth Day, on Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health, GFS presents blog posts from young people involved in transforming the UK food system. Jacob Rosenberg, member of Bite Back’s youth board, discusses the importance of the environments that shape and influence the food young people buy and eat.
- Date: 29 July 2021
To celebrate the 2021 UN International Youth Day, on Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health, GFS presents blog posts from young people involved in transforming the UK food system. 17 year old Emily Yanchuk, vice chair of Bite Back’s youth board, shares how youth are key agents of transformational change in the food system, and the importance of the youth voice.
- Date: 7 January 2021
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.
- Date: 30 November 2020
Winners of the GFS 2020 ‘Speak Up for Food Security’ competition, Mirjam Hazenbosch and Nina Goodlad, describe their experiences of converting their PhD research into captivating stories, and the benefits of doing so.
- Date: 11 September 2020
Covid-19 is just the latest in a series of disruptions to the UK food system. Now is the time to build food system resilience against inevitable future shocks, says Dr Riaz Bhunnoo, Director of GFS.
Unintended consequences of cash crop production in Eastern Uganda demonstrate the need for holistic thinking and multi-pronged action
- Date: 22 May 2020
Sugarcane production is a major industry in Uganda, however growing the cash crop often has negative impacts for local farmers. Denis Muwanguzi explains why holistic thinking and multi-pronged action are needed.
- Date: 29 April 2020
The runners-up of the 2019 GFS Policy Lab highlight some of the challenges and opportunities for our food system resulting from the increasing popularity of plant-based milk alternatives.
- Date: 27 February 2020
A more diverse aquaculture sector could contribute to healthier, more environmentally friendly diets, but how palatable would the UK public find this step change? asks Dr Sofia Franco.
- Date: 20 December 2019
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.
- Date: 28 October 2019
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).