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This new paper by FCRN member Elin Röös , the FCRN’s Tara Garnett and colleagues explores the following questions: What would be the implications, for land use and greenhouse gas emissions, if our global population moved away from eating beef and other ruminant meats and switched mostly to chicken? What if we all went vegan? What if all our meat demand were met by artificial meat? Or what  if, in an attempt to avoid ‘feed-food’ competition, we limited our consumption of animal products to what we could obtain by rearing animals on grasslands and feeding them byproducts and food waste?

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Certain cereal grains and other crop plants have been shown to have lower iron concentrations when grown under elevated CO2. This study by researchers from Massachusetts, USA, examined diets from 152 countries to investigate which groups of people might be most at risk of iron deficiency as a result of increasing CO2 emissions, on the basis of current dietary composition, the current global prevalence of iron deficiency, and projected CO2 emissions up to the year 2050.


The High Level Panel of Experts for Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) is the science-policy interface of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), which is an inclusive and evidence-based international and intergovernmental platform for food security and nutrition. It has produced a report - Nutrition and Food Systems - to be presented at CFS 44 in October 2017

UK-based organisation Global Food Security has published a short report on ‘Paris-compliant healthy food systems’.

The United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN) has produced a discussion paper on sustainable healthy diets. It begins by outlining the relevant global policy framework and existing commitments on nutrition and climate change. It then goes on to examine the interdependence of climate change, food systems, diets, nutrition and health, before setting out which policy steps need to be taken to further research and action in this area.


This book, edited by Annette Aurelie Desmarais, Priscilla Claeys and Amy Trauger, examines various social movements around food.

This book aimed at an academic audience is edited by A. Bryce Hoflund, John C. Jones and Michelle C. Pautz. It has sections on topics such as the regulation of food, food insecurity and the role of local food system in public health.


IntoFood is a Norwegian-based organisation which helps food companies to report on sustainability and create greener menu offerings, led by FCRN member Will Nicholson. They have completed a project with ISS, a large catering company, in which they generated new menu information including carbon footprint data for all of the 2000+ recipes in ISS’ menu management system.

Kwantlen’s Institute for Sustainable Food Systems has created a food policy database for British Columbia, Canada with over 2000 entries, incorporating 40% of the municipalities in the province.


The Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine have announced a last round of postdoctoral fellowships for ‘emerging leaders in agriculture, nutrition, and health research’. The fellowships are funded with UK aid from the UK government through the Department for International Development through their programme on Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA). For 2018-19, IMMANA will award five 12-month postdoctoral fellowships to early career researchers who are using and developing or adapting these new methodological approaches with mentors in ongoing research programmes in low- and middle-income countries.

Applications are received on a rolling basis until February 2018. For information on the programme, see here.


The Malabo Montpellier Panel is a group of African and European experts in the areas of food security and agricultural development. Applications are invited for a research associate position to support the work and research of the Malabo Montpellier Panel.

The primary task of the research associate will include writing easily accessible policy-oriented research outputs (papers, reports, briefing papers, presentations and blogs) on food, nutrition, agriculture, climate, environmental and development policy in Africa.

They must hold a master’s degree in a relevant field and a PhD degree (or equivalent) in agriculture economics, international development, public policy, food and nutrition security or a related field. Experience in applied research and policy analysis is essential. A working knowledge of French would be an advantage.

The full job description and person specification is available here.

University College London Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research (UCL CBER) is currently recruiting for two postdoctoral positions to work on the Sustainable and Healthy Food Systems (SHEFS) programme. The aim of the SHEFS programme is to evaluate sustainable food systems, healthy diets and the impact of environmental and population changes on food production, as part of a major new international collaborative project led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and funded by the Wellcome Trust. See the full job descriptions here and here.


Policy-UK is hosting a morning event on the future of farming after Brexit. There will be a keynote address from Guy Smith, vice president of the British National Farming Union.

Key areas to be addressed are

  • The future of farming support in a post-CAP age
  • Competitiveness of UK agricultural products – the future
    relationship with the EU, new trade deals and maintaining high
    quality standards
  • The 25 year plan for nature: the transfer of EU law, maintaining
    environmental protections and developing tailored arrangements

Places cost £250 + VAT - concessions can be applied for. For more information, see here

This event at the UNiversity of Manchester aims to showcase current research and develop stakeholder dialogue on the topic of meat consumption, non-meat consumption and sustainability.

The half-day workshop is organised by the Sustainable Consumption Institute will bring together academics working on meat-related research with stakeholders interested in stimulating changes in food consumption to exchange knowledge and generate opportunities for future research, using:

• 'Lightening talks’ by academic researchers

• Panel discussion with industry stakeholders 

• Participant generated video capturing insights from the event

To register your interest, or for more information email: