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Date and Time: 
Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 11:00 to 17:00


Migration has been portrayed as a contemporary European crisis and a crisis of the EU, but migration has been a key feature of Europe for thousands of years. Climate scientists and economists warned that this would accelerate as global warming starts to erode crops and habitats,  with sea-level rise diminishing available land and desertification driving change, e.g. in Syria.

A new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Food Climate Research Network at the University of Oxford evaluates government-issued food-based dietary guidelines (FBDG) from across the world, looking at whether they make links to environmental sustainability as well as public health, with evidence suggesting that dietary patterns that have low environmental impacts can also be consistent with good health. 

Routledge 2016, edited by Simon Shackley, Greet Ruysschaert, Kor Zwart and Bruno Glaser

This user-friendly book introduces biochar to potential users in the professional sphere. It demystifies the scientific, engineering and managerial issues surrounding biochar for the benefit of audiences including policy makers, landowners and farmers, land use, agricultural and environmental managers and consultants, industry and lobby groups and NGOs. 

SDRN Mailing, 9 March 2016

By Editor on 9th March 2016
Found in: News

One of the most important consequences of climate change could be its effects on agriculture. Although much research has focused on questions of food security, less has been devoted to assessing the wider health impacts of future changes in agricultural production.

The farms of the future

By Editor on 9th March 2016
Found in: Research and Resources

The latest video and associated article from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) envisages what the farms of the future might look like.

European Commission green infrastructure brief

By Bridget Elliott on 22nd April 2015
Found in: Research and Resources

A recent European Commission brief argues that rooftop gardens in cities could supply cities with more than three quarters of their vegetable requirements. The brief is based on evidence from a case study from Bologna, Italy. In  2010,  Bologna  became  the  first  Italian  city  to  test  rooftop  vegetable  gardens  on  public buildings.

A new guidance document has been released, which for the first time, brings together in one place examples of planning policies around the UK that support community food growing. Published by Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming, the report sets the planning context in the four nations, and provides the background to community food growing. The bulk of the report is structured around the different issues that food growing helps to address, from sustainability to residential amenity via health and wellbeing, green infrastructure, regeneration and many other agendas.

In response to the threats of population growth and food security, there is an immediate need to establish a new agri-food sustainability paradigm. Earthscan’s new book ‘Sustainable Food Systems: Building a New Paradigm’ compiles an integrated range of social science insights exploring the interventions necessary to build this framework and ‘feed the world’ by 2050.

Date and Time: 
Monday, March 17, 2014 - 18:00 to 19:30

University of Westminster, London