Knowledge for better food systems

2018 issues of Fodder

Fodder: 16 May 2018

FCRN member Gary Bentrup has written a report on how agroforestry can contribute to agricultural resilience in the US, and FCRN member Hanna Tuomisto is advertising PhD studentships on the topic of future sustainable food systems.

As US chain restaurants have to bring in calorie labelling and London plans to ban junk food advertising on public transport, a paper finds that taxing sweet snacks could be more effective than taxing sugar-sweetened beverages. A startup believes it might have the answer to growing realistic meat in the laboratory. A report shows that most US supermarkets don’t report their food waste, while a paper discusses the market-distorting effects of mergers and monopoly power in the food sector.

Fodder: 11 May 2018

Food waste features heavily in this week’s FCRN member’s research. Stephen Porter calculates the emissions associated with food destroyed after being withdrawn from the EU market; Ramy Salemdeeb calculates the environmental impacts of three food waste treatment options; and Karen Luyckx of food waste charity Feedback finds that experts believe that treated food leftovers can be safely fed to pigs.

Fodder: 3 May 2018

This week, a paper finds that many national dietary guidelines are incompatible with the 1.5°C and 2.0°C climate targets, while tropical forest fragmentation may be reaching a critical point. A study examines the winners and losers of land use optimisation strategies to balance both food production and biodiversity. As WRAP finds that hotels can save money by reducing food waste, a study discusses the trade-offs between food waste and biodegradable packaging.

Fodder: 27 April 2018

In Fodder this week, we cover research on the attitudes of US consumers towards meat reduction as well as a paper which examines attitudes of consumers towards alternatives to conventional burgers. As a paper finds that half of Bornean orangutans have disappeared in just 16 years, another study shows that there is potential to increase cropping intensity without expanding the area of global cropland. Researchers have also estimated that ambitious climate mitigation measures could remove the need to use bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS). We also have three reports that look at the meat industry.

Fodder: 19 April 2018

This week we have a shorter version of Fodder - just jobs and opportunities - while we work on a new format in response to the feedback you gave us from our reader survey. Our new approach to Fodder, complete with research summaries, will start next week.

Fodder: 11 April 2018

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In this week's issue:  Cultured meat: state of the art and future – cultured meat, also known as in vitro, clean, lab-grown or synthetic meat, is meat grown as muscle tissue in the laboratory. This paper reviews the state of cultured meat technology, analyses social concerns and examines some of the issues that start-ups in the industry face.


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Fodder: 28 March 2018

In this week's Fodder:

Articles: Pursuing a low meat diet to improve both health and sustainability: How can we use the frames that shape our meals? – Pesticides could be much more toxic than previously thought, thanks to adjuvants

Reports: A good life and a good death - re-localising farm animal slaughter — Study on the environmental impact of palm oil consumption and on existing sustainability standards

Books: Food Policy in the United States: An Introduction, 2nd Edition — Everyday lifestyles and sustainability: The environmental impact of doing the same things differently

And much more…

Fodder: 22 March 2018

In this week's newsletter:

Journal articles: Just conservation: What is it and should we pursue it? — Mitigation potential of soil carbon management overestimated by neglecting N2O emissions

Reports: Action on sustainable diets (food service) — The Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare 2017 report

Books: Agricultural adaptation to climate change in Africa - Food security in a changing environment —  Pig tales: An omnivore's quest for sustainable meat

And more news, opportunities and events…

Fodder: 14 March 2018

This week in Fodder:

Articles: How effective are messages and their characteristics in changing behavioural intentions to substitute plant-based foods for red meat? The mediating role of prior beliefs — Crop intensification, land use, and on-farm energy-use efficiency during the worldwide spread of the green revolution — National contributions to climate change mitigation from agriculture: allocating a global target

Reports: Future Nordic diets: Exploring ways for sustainably feeding the Nordics

Books: Toward sustainable relations between agriculture and the city — Handbook of international food and agricultural policies - Volume I: Policies for agricultural markets and rural economic activity

Plus all the usual news, events and opportunities...

Fodder: 7 March 2018

In this week's roundup of news:

Research articles: Impacts of soil carbon sequestration on life cycle greenhouse gas emissions in Midwestern USA beef finishing systems – Conservatism predicts lapses from vegetarian/vegan diets to meat consumption (through lower social justice concerns and social support) – Tracking the global footprint of fisheries Risky returns: The implications of financialisation in the food system

Reports: Climate change & food systems: Assessing impacts and opportunities – FDF's environmental ambition: Progress report 2017 – Livestock solutions for climate change

Books: Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Food – Everyday experts: how people’s knowledge can transform the food system – Meat makes people powerful: a global history of the modern era

And more...