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.


Haley Swartz - 27 July 2017

The two American companies are not the first to create innovative alternative proteins (known as APs, such as tofu), meat analogues, or imitation meat (e.g. veggie burgers, tofurkey). Other start-ups such as Memphis Meats and Mosa Meats are creating animal-based cell-cultured meats. But Beyond...


Tim Hess - 12 July 2017

The FCRN is reposting this blog-post from the Global Food Security programme ...


Afton Halloran - 23 May 2017

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...


Jess Finch - 2 May 2017

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...


Tim Lang - 11 April 2017

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...


Sue Dibb - 16 January 2017

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


Karen Luyckx - 10 November 2016

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...


Tara Garnett - 8 September 2016

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...


Dana Kapitulčinová - 30 August 2016

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...


Lucy Luo - 25 August 2016

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...

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