Knowledge for better food systems

2018 issues of Fodder

Fodder: 3 October 2018

In Fodder this week: The common weed-killer, glyphosate, could be harming bees by damaging their gut microorganisms; over a quarter of global forest loss is for production of commodities such as palm oil, soy and beef; high-yield intensive farming can be less environmentally damaging than extensive farming; and the world’s first lab-grown sausages are served.


Fodder: 26 September 2018

In Fodder this week: The FAO’s latest report on global food security shows that there has been a slight rise in the number of undernourished people, and a rise in obesity; a survey of Brazilians show a lack of knowledge of some dairy farming practices such as early cow-calf separation, but survey participants opposed such practices after learning about them; and is the wonky veg movement necessarily a good thing?

Fodder: 19 September 2018

This week in Fodder: Most industrial fishing is done by vessels registered with mid-to-high income countries, even in the national waters of lower-income countries; a paper quantifies six types of environmental impact for three different recommended healthy eating patterns; bees develop a taste for pesticide-laced food over time; and the UK’s Agriculture Bill could see farmers rewarded for managing their land for the benefit of the environment.


Fodder: 13 September 2018

In Fodder this week: Illuminated fishing nets can help to reduce bycatch, according to new research, while lasers can be used in place of poison to keep birds away from crops. We also see that millions of UK households don’t currently spend enough on food to follow the government’s recommendations on healthy eating; announcements of impending marine reserves can cause even heavier fishing; and a report presents successful case studies in restoring landscapes and forests.


Fodder: 5 September 2018

In Fodder this week: Is resilience necessarily a good thing? Not according to a new paper, which points out the many ways in which the global food system is “stuck” in unsustainable practices. We also cover the climate impact of alcohol consumption in Sweden, the attitudes of young Americans towards food waste, and a paper that claims we don’t have enough land to feed everyone the diet recommended by the USDA.

Fodder: 22 August 2018

This week in Fodder: English and French subtitles are now available on our video animation Grazed and Confused? How much can grazing livestock help to mitigate climate change? Many thanks to the contributors: Holly Cecil for producing the English subtitles, the Association végétarienne de France (not affiliated with the FCRN) for providing the French subtitles, and Cécile Godde for proofreading the French subtitles. 

Fodder: 2 August 2018

In Fodder this week: Doubts grow over the security of Britain’s food supply chain after Brexit, if no trade deal is achieved; Europe’s prolonged warm spell is harming farmers; a paper calculates the greenhouse gas emissions of global fisheries while a report outlines the impacts of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture; and Feedback has released a report which makes the case for feeding waste food to pigs.


Fodder: 25 July 2018

In Fodder this week: Request for interviewees: urban, vertical and indoor farming. In response to a request in our Google Group, we would like to speak to FCRN readers, either researchers or practitioners, who are working in some way on urban, vertical or indoor farming. We are particularly interested in finding out more about the future potentials and limitations of these farming methods in terms of technological feasibility, resilience to environmental change, environmental impacts, health, cost and social impacts. Our plan is to write up the interviews as a blog post and kick-start a wider conversation.

Fodder: 18 July 2018

This week in Fodder: Help to build our video library: General overview of food systems challenges. As announced last week, we would appreciate your suggestions for high-quality, evidence-based videos on food sustainability to help build our Foodsource video library. See which topics we are looking for here and let us know what you think of the proposed topic list. Are the topics too narrow or too broad? Could they be clustered differently?

Fodder: 11 July 2018

In Fodder today: A paper proposes a new way of measuring the climate impact of short-lived greenhouse gases such as methane. The environmental impacts of livestock farming could be reduced by replacing some crop-based feed with microbial protein, while FCRN member Waleed Fouad Abobatta reviews how nanotechnology could help to reduce agricultural fertiliser and pesticide use.