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Research library

Journals and Journal Articles

Photo: Sarah, A Tasty Snack, Flickr, Creative Commons License 2.0 generic.

This paper compares stylised, hypothetical dietary scenarios to assess the potential for reducing agricultural land requirements. It suggests that a combination of smaller shifts in consumer diet behaviour – such as reducing beef consumption by replacing with chicken, introducing insects into mainstream diets and reducing consumer waste – could reduce agricultural land requirements.

Photo: Eric Elnem, Food rescued from dumpster, Flickr, Creative Commons License 2.0 generic.

This paper shows that a huge amount of nutrients is wasted each day in the US food supply, and that much of this waste includes important nutrients that are currently under-consumed in the US. It is one of the first studies to calculate the nutritional value of food wasted in the US at the retail and consumer levels, shining a light on just how much protein, fibre and other important nutrients end up in the landfill in a single year.

Reports

This report from The Eating Better Alliance looks at the role of business in leading the way to help people make healthy and sustainable choices, including shifting to more plant-based eating with less and better meat.

Books

Through case studies in seven Latin American countries, this book looks at development and social change in food and agriculture across the region. It presents examples of how people diversely meet their food needs while confronting the region’s most pressing social, health and environmental concerns.

Ahead of the third UK election in as many years (8th June 2017), Carbon Brief is tracking the climate change and energy content of parties’ manifestos. The site allows you to navigate around to explore the parties’ climate and energy plans and compare this year’s promises with what the parties said before the last election via a publicly-accessible spreadsheet, which covers both 2015 and 2017.

News

A new center has been launched as part of the wider Chatham House organisation, the Hoffman Centre (hoffmanncentre.eco). The Centre will aim to bring clarity to complex issues through trusted evidence and insightful analysis. 

This research from USDA’s Economic Research Service looks at trends in consumer demand for organic food since the 1990s and developments in organic production.

Opportunities

Several relevant PhD positions have been advertised at the University of British Columbia - Okanagan with Assistant Professor Dr. Pelletier who hold the endowed Egg Industry Chair in Sustainability. The positions will be based with Dr Pelletier at the Food Systems PRISM Lab, Fipke Centre for Innovative Research.

The PhD positions available are:

  • PhD Project: Development of a Sustainable Feed Formulation Decision Support Tool, 4 years
  • PhD Project: Life Cycle Sustainability Measurement and Management Program for Canadian Egg Producers, 4 years
  • PhD Project: Life Cycle Assessment of Renewable Energy and Waste Valorization Strategies for Canadian Egg Supply Chains, 4 years

This department also has one post-doctoral position and several masters projects available which can be found, together with the descriptions of PhD opportunities, here.

Events

The 4th Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture (The 4th GSC-CSA) aims to bring science to bear on practical advances in scaling up climate smart agriculture.

It is the continuation of three scientific conferences that have been held so far (University of Wageningen in 2011; University of California, Davis in 2013 and in Montpellier in 2015). Africa under the custodianship of the NEPAD Agency is now hosting the 4th GSC-CSA from the 28th to 30th November, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

There is growing attention to “climate-agriculture nexus” issues in national, regional and global policies and strategies. At global level, the SDGs and Paris Climate Agreement have explicitly highlighted the climate-agriculture and food systems nexus issues as key success factors in advancing the ultimate sustainable economic growth and inclusive development. The 4th Global SC-CSA brings together various key constituencies to interact – share, learn, build collaborations and alliances – with the aim to bring science and innovations to bear on policy, institutional and technological efforts in building agricultural and food systems that are climate smart.

The call for abstract is now open (posters and papers). Oral or Poster abstracts can be submitted until Friday, September 1, 2017. Abstract can be submitted in any of the following languages – English; French and Spanish. Accepted abstracts will be notified by the end of September 2017.

Read more about the conference here and  about abstract submission here.