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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.

11 March 2015
Posted by: michaelwhamm

When I was giving my public seminar in 2002 for the position I now hold at MSU, one of the first questions was, “Are you for sustainability?”  My answer was, “Who would say they aren’t for sustainability?”  Everyone nodded, and my next comment was, “but then, the devil’s in the details.”  This...

11 February 2015
Posted by: Elin Roos

What is the role of grazing livestock in a world of climate change and diet-related disease?  - was the overarching question being discussed at an event in Bristol last week organised by the Sustainable Food Trust...

17 December 2014
Posted by: Tara Garnett

This was a busy year for the FCRN.  In addition to our weekly newsletters, our interviews and ad hoc blog...

25 September 2014

We badly need a voice to represent agriculture and food in the international negotiations on climate change. The launch of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture in New York this week offers an opportunity for that voice to be heard. It needs to be a moderate voice, taking account of...

24 July 2014
Posted by: bnutdanai

Below are some of my reflections regarding traceability and sustainability standards within Aquaculture and how a focus on geographically specific standards may benefit both consumers and smallholder producers. Originally from Thailand, I am currently completing my degree in Aquaculture at...

16 July 2014
Posted by: FCRN Admin

The FCRN’s Tara Garnett and Richard Young from the Sustainable Food Trust have been having discussions about the role of red meat in a sustainable food system. These were sparked off by a blog by Richard Young, policy director of...

12 July 2014
Posted by: Hugh Coulson

Half the world's seafood now comes from aquaculture; as such we should be aware of the realities behind what our farmed fish are fed. Carnivorous marine fin fish such as salmon and sea bass as well as intensively farmed prawns are fed on diets containing fish...

10 July 2014
Posted by: Tara Garnett

Dear Richard

Thank you for this lengthy response to my commentary.  I will confine myself to a few quick points and clarifications, structured according to your headings...

10 July 2014
Posted by: FCRN Admin

This week sees another set of discussions between Richard Young of the Sustainable Food Trust and the FCRN’s Tara Garnett on the role of grazing livestock in a sustainable food system.  Last week Richard responded to Tara’s earlier set of comments...

3 July 2014
Posted by: watsona

Are you interested in contributing to the development of an international programme on Sustainable Food Systems?

A global survey conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the United Nations Environment Programme is now open to receive...