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.
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.
GFS will hold its fourth Policy Lab for PhD students and early career researchers on the 6-8th November 2019. This event aims to synthesize the latest knowledge and evidence on emerging food trends and their impact across the food system in order to inform policy and practice.
Maia Elliott (Global Food Security) and Professor Tim Benton (Chatham House, University of Leeds) explore how rekindling community spirit at Christmas can make our feasting healthier for ourselves and for the planet.
Waste not want not: What are the problems of food waste in the supply chain and how can we fix them?
Dr Ciara Dangerfield discusses the outputs of her GFS-funded workshop that explored where food loss and waste occur across the supply chain, and how the scientific community can address these issues to make our food system less wasteful.
Dr Melanie Collins, International Coordinator and Strategy Manager for the Global Food Security Programme and Chair of School Governors, explores the role schools have in tackling future food security challenges.
Dr Emma Roe discusses the relationship between men and meat, and how unravelling this can help contribute to a more sustainable food system.
If the fruit sector were a game, what would it be like? Monopoly – rich get richer, poor get poorer? Snakes and Ladders – it’s all down to luck? Dungeons and Dragons – highly complex and best directed by experts? Or maybe like Twister – needing strength and flexibility?
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 Global Food Security (GFS) programme invites expressions of interest from post-doctoral researchers to take part in a Policy Lab on the determinants of food choice (for example biological, social, environmental, physical and economic) and the combination of interventions across these that will lead to healthier and more sustainable diets.
GFS will host an ECR Policy Lab on 19-21 March 2018, which will synthesise the latest knowledge and evidence in this area to better understand what determines food choice and to describe the best combination of interventions that would be most impactful in encouraging healthier and more sustainable diets. The winning team at the workshop will receive a £5,000 Policy Lab award to write a policy-facing report.
Can food help in the battle against climate change? An Insight on Paris-compliant healthy food systems
Transformation of the food system could lead the way in addressing both climate and health goals. The Global Food Security programme’s Sian Williams introduces a new report.
Unintended consequences of cash crop production in Eastern Uganda demonstrate the need for holistic thinking and multi-pronged action
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: 27 April 2020
New GFS policy lab report explores how adopting a multifunctional landscapes approach can optimise the ecosystem services provided by our landscapes and boost food system resilience in the UK.