Knowledge for better food systems

FCRN news

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As some of you may remember, we sent out a survey in January to gather your thoughts about Fodder and to understand how Fodder could be improved. Thank you very much to all of those who responded. Our new volunteer Ellie Chandler has spent time looking through the feedback.

This is an invitation to all FCRN members working in civil society organisations to join our online discussion forum on food consumption and the Paris agreement. We have set up this forum in response to requests made at a workshop hosted by FCRN in November 2016 on food consumption post-Paris and a second workshop hosted by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future in collaboration with Brighter Green, World Resources Institute, and FCRN in April 2017.

Dr Tara Garnett, FCRN (University of Oxford):

"Trump has made a terrible decision. With the effects of climate change on food systems representing a major risk to businesses, livelihoods, food security and public health we simply cannot afford to further delay action. The U.S is also not isolated and will see itself affected by the consequences of climate volatility.

We wanted to bring a few resources to your attention that might help some of you access the pay-walled articles we sometimes include in our newsletter Fodder.  In recent months a number of legal, open source, non profit tools have been developed that give people access to otherwise subscription-only journal article. Two of these are:

We are pleased to say that the FCRN website now has an updated look that we think does a better job at explaining what the FCRN is and what we do. Some of the features of the website, such as our publications search function have also been updated.  We will continue making further changes in the coming months, but in the meantime we are keen to hear your feedback - positive or negative - on the changes made so far.

Tara Garnett participated in the Nobel prize celebrations, giving the opening speech the Nobel Week Dialogue event in Stockholm on 9 December. You can watch her talk, introducing the day's discussion here.

Tara was one of 25 speakers, including Nobel Laureates, the world's leading scientists and experts, key opinion leaders, policy makers, and over one thousand members of the public in the audience, who were brought together to "stimulate discussion at the highest level" on the theme of the 'future of food'.

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The last few months have been quite busy for the FCRN –with five events taking place, all looking to bring stakeholders together to explore demand side approaches to creating sustainable food systems. We are glad to share some more details on this work with you all below - do please get in touch if you want to get involved or if you have ideas for collaborations.

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