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Recent issues of Fodder

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Fodder: 20 July 2017

Reports: Overcoming barriers to the adoption of climate-friendly practices in agriculture – Chatham House report on chokepoints and vulnerabilities in global food trade – Report by Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST): ‘Sustainable Food System Framework: A Focus on Food Sustainability’

News: Interactive online investor guide on agricultural supply chain risk including climate change and deforestation — Special issue of ‘Future of Food: Journal on Food, Agriculture and Society’ — Record profits for Cargill based on increasing meat demand — Researchers propose expanding the UK traffic light food labelling to till receipts

Fodder: 14 July 2017

Blogs: The global avocado crisis and resilience in the UK’s fresh fruit and vegetable supply system

Articles: Property Rights and the Soybean Revolution: Shaping How China and Brazil Are Telecoupled — Sequestering soil organic carbon: a nitrogen dilemma

Reports: Short report outlining roadmap for sustainable EU livestock — WWF publishes the new and updated Livewell Plates along with report ‘Eating for 2 degrees’ – Various organisations launch the People’s Food Policy with new website and a report – Sustainable Food Systems: How does the UK measure up? — Report on ‘Food Citizenship’ by Food Ethics Council

Books: Agriculture and Rural Development in a Globalizing World: Challenges and Opportunities

News: Two briefings by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), UK

Fodder: 23 June 2017

In our latest edition of Fodder, the FCRN Newsletter:

Articles: The economic impact of climate change on European agriculture – Big food and little data: The slow harvest of corporate food supply chain sustainability initiatives

Reports: Insights into the urban food policy process in five cities: new report from IPES-Food

Member research: Farmwel's blueprint for agricultural land use and food production in the UK – Enhancing soil carbon sequestration and adaptation in Europe’s agricultural sector: towards a new approach under CAP and ETS

News: The simple menu innovations that can get people to order vegetarian options

Resources: New data dashboard showing key indicators of our changing climate

Fodder: 14 June 2017

In this week's issue:

Articles: Aligning Land Use with Land Potential: The Role of Integrated Agriculture

Reports: Report from Sustain: Beyond 2020 - New farm policy – Agriculture, food systems, diets and nutrition in Zambia – IFST Sustainable Food System framework published.

Fodder: 7 June 2017

In our latest edition of Fodder, the FCRN Newsletter:

Articles: Microbes and the next nitrogen revolution

Reports: European Public Health Association report: Healthy and Sustainable Diets for European Countries — Flemish Agriculture and Fisheries Report

News: Launch of the EAT-Lancet Commission's website – Arla organic milk ad’s claims that it is good for the land judged by Ad regulator as ‘misleading’

Fodder: 2 June 2017

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Articles: Trade-offs for food production, nature conservation and climate limit the terrestrial carbon dioxide removal potential – The key role of forests in meeting climate targets requires science for credible mitigation

Reports: A rough estimate of the proportion of global emissions from smallholder agriculture – FAO report: Strengthening sector policies for better food security and nutrition results – Science journal for kids: How do our food choices affect the environment?

Books: Food Security, Agricultural Policies and Economic Growth: Long-term Dynamics in the Past, Present and Future

Member research: Substituting beans for beef as a contribution toward US climate change targets

News: The EU’s farming policy is hated – but what comes next may be worse

Fodder: 26 May 2017

Articles: Could consumption of insects, cultured meat or imitation meat reduce global agricultural land use? – Wasted food, wasted nutrients - study highlights nutrients lost as result of food wasted in US

Reports: Eating better report: The future of eating is flexitarian

Books: Food, Agriculture and Social Change - The Everyday Vitality of Latin America – Carbon brief Election 2017 analysis: What the manifestos say on energy and climate change

News: Chatham House and its new Hoffmann Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy – Growth in US market for organic food

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Fodder: 17 May 2017

Articles: Dairy cows value access to pasture as highly as fresh feed — The jumbo carbon footprint of a shrimp: carbon losses from mangrove deforestation — Red and processed meat, and human and planetary health

Member research: Life cycle assessment of cricket farming in north-eastern Thailand

News: Interactive website by CIAT: The changing global diet — Chatham House launches — Obesity now ranked as a chronic disease by the World Obesity Foundation

Fodder: 9 May 2017

Articles: A roadmap for rapid decarbonization - New paper outlines ambitious and detailed action plan to stay below 2 degrees – Human health alters the sustainability of fishing practices in East Africa — What crop type for atmospheric carbon sequestration: Results from a global data analysis

Reports: Organic Farming, Climate Change Mitigation and Beyond. Reducing the Environmental Impacts of EU Agriculture

Books: "Multifunctional Agriculture - Achieving Sustainable Development in Africa" By Roger Leakey

Member research:  Critical Research Needed to Examine the Environmental Impacts of Expanded Refrigeration on the Food System

News: Webinar video: The technical potential of soil carbon sequestration

Fodder: 2 May 2017

This post is written by FCRN collaborator Jessica Finch, PhD researcher at the University of Warwick focusing on Food Security (Plant and Crop sciences). Jess began working as an intern for FCRN as part of her PhD training year, and has continued to work with the FCRN part-time.

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