Knowledge for better food systems

FCRN Blogs

The FCRN is all about the conversations and about transmitting knowledge and ideas in ways that people understand and that encourage further exploration and debate. We have created this space to encourage more personal stories with a focus on new ideas, debates and collaborations. The blog-posts are written by people who wish to share something related to new research, reflections from conferences and events or just to highlight thoughts on new ideas and emerging topics of concern. We encourage all of you to contribute. Don't hesitate to get in touch to pitch a topic.

23 May 2017
Afton Halloran

The results come at a critical point in time: companies and investors are hungry for data, and market analysts expect major growth in the insects for food and feed sector in the coming years. So far, only...

2 May 2017
Jess Finch

Potential applications and implications

CRISPR-Cas9 is a tool for very precisely engineering an organism’s genetic material (see the next section for a more detailed explanation). Thousands of research papers using CRISPR-Case9 to engineer different cells in many...

11 April 2017
Tim Lang

What seems to be required to right the wrongs is nothing short of a transformation of the food system. Indeed, in Sustainable Diets, the new book I...

16 January 2017
Sue Dibb

The newly released figures provide the background modeling behind last year’s updated Eatwell Guide – the government’s official healthy eating advice...

10 November 2016
Karen Luyckx

No doubt this is why many people are already choosing to be vegans, vegetarians, flexitarians or ecotarians, part-time carnivores or however else we choose to label ourselves. But for those who do choose to eat meat, there is something positive that we can do too: we can ensure that the meat...

8 September 2016
Tara Garnett

The food problem makes the headlines, and generates soundbites on daily basis – and for good reason. Food is a convergence issue. It is both cause and consequence of some of the most pressing challenges we face today. About 30% of climate changing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions can be...

30 August 2016
Dana Kapitulčinová

Since food systems are very complex and involve many stakeholders, inter- and transdisciplinary research approaches in combination with good-quality knowledge exchange are needed to come up with new findings and solutions to current and future food system sustainability challenges. The...

25 August 2016
Lucy Luo

In the campaign, a video states that the Chinese Nutrition Society recommends Chinese consumers to reduce meat consumption by 50% with the potential of cutting China’s emissions by 9% or global agriculture emissions by 22% from one simple action. However, this has also generated some confusion...

19 July 2016
Becky Willson

How do we effectively communicate the benefits to the farm business of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and get farmers interested and engaged in emissions reductions?

  1. What can we learn from other countries about implementing an effective emissions reductions...
11 July 2016
Wendy Lu McGill

China and Thailand are notable exceptions to places where insect consumption is routine, in that both countries also have large numbers of insect farms, both small and medium enterprises, and industrial scale farms.

Given the prevalence of food and nutrition insecurity in places...