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The food chain describes the physical flow of goods from agriculture through processing and distribution, to retailing to eventual consumption and waste disposal. The papers and reports in this category highlight the different issues and impacts associated with each particular stage of the food chain.

6 December 2011

John Forster, an FCRN mailing list member, has written two very interesting articles on aquaculture for the UK Research Councils’ Food Security website www.foodsecurity.ac.uk

6 December 2011

This report on biomass production is well worth reading.  It aims to support informed debate about the amount of biomass that might be available globally for energy, taking account of sustainability concerns. 

28 November 2011

This study, led by the University of British Columbia shows how the effects of climate change can impact the profitability of fisheries. A key conclusion is that Governments should plan and anticipate, rather than react to the potential negative impacts of climate change on the economic viability of current fisheries practices.

28 November 2011

Timed to coincide with the UN climate convention negotiations in South Africa, this study by UNEP argues that the world has the technological and economic solutions to avert climate change.

21 November 2011

Unilever has published a Sustainable Living Plan, which sets out three overarching goals it wants to achieve by 2020.  

18 November 2011

In June 2011, Arla Foods launched its Global Environmental Strategy 2020, which maps the entire environmental impact of its dairy products and includes a pledge to reduce global CO2 emissions by 25% by 2020 within the areas of production, haulage and packaging.

3 August 2011

If you only read one report highlighted in this section – read this.  It’s a study commissioned by the Committee on Climate Change as supporting research for the publication of its latest Annual Report and is a really fascinating piece of work.  

25 April 2011

An interesting article demonstrating the rebound effect resulting from increasing energy efficiency in the road freight transport sector in Portugal. Matos F J F and Silva F J F (2011). Energy Policy. The rebound effect on road freight transport: Evidence from Portugal, 39, 5, 2833-2841

25 April 2011

The Deparment for Transport has published its 2010 report which reveals a declining level of concern for the environment and and the usual complex tangle of human inconsistencies and hypocrisies.

3 March 2011

This should get you out into the garden.  If you don’t want to get your hands dirty, you can buy a half dozen chocolate coated ants or worms at Fortnum and Mason’s for a mere £7. 

23 February 2011

WWF has released its Livewell report, that looks at whether it is possible to eat a diet that is both lower in GHG emissions and more nutritionally balanced than current dietary norms in the UK.

3 February 2011

This workshop was organised by the Food Climate Research Network and supported by Defra and the Committee on Climate Change on 21 January 2010. The workshop participants explored the role that soil carbon sequestration approaches can play in reducing agricultural emissions, the potential downsides and trade offs with other environmental concerns, and the gaps in our knowledge that need to be filled. 

17 January 2011

This paper summarises the presentations and discussions that took place at a workshop organised by the Food Climate Research Network on 21 January 2010. 

17 January 2011

This paper reports on an in-depth study of refrigeration in the UK food chain. It identifies the greenhouse gas impacts of the ‘cold chain’ and discusses some of the technological options for reducing these.  

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