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Natural Capital and Agricultural Intensification: Can we have both?

By Bridget Elliott on 26th November 2013
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 19:30 to 21:00

University of East Anglia, Norwich

New research on achieving food system sustainability

By Bridget Elliott on 17th September 2013
Found in: Research and Resources

A new paper published in the Journal of Cleaner Production looks at the different ways in which stakeholders conceptualise the food sustainability problem and what constitutes a desirable ‘solution.’ The paper highlights the emergence of three different perspectives on achieving food system sustainability and explores their underlying values. The role of life cycle assessment (LCA) in shaping these perspectives is outlined, and consideration given to how LCA could be oriented to clarify thinking and advance policy-relevant knowledge.

The Soil Association 2013 Annual Conference

By Bridget Elliott on 17th September 2013
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 09:15 to Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 16:30

Central Hall, Westminster, London

Waste Watch- ‘Better Food For All Conference’

By Bridget Elliott on 3rd September 2013
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 10:00 to 16:30

London

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 10:00 to 16:00

Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester

The UN High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post 2015 Development Agenda was created in July 2012 with the purpose of establishing the best ways to reduce global poverty beyond 2015, the date at which the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire. This new report by the panel argues that a new development agenda should carry forward the spirit of the Millennium Declaration and the best of the MDGs, with a practical focus on issues such as poverty, hunger, water, sanitation, education and healthcare.

This World Resources Institute Working Paper is the second instalment in a series that forms the foundation of the ‘World Resources Report 2013-14: Creating a Sustainable Food Future’. The document contains preliminary research, analysis, findings, and recommendations aimed at stimulating discussion and critical feedback to influence on-going debate on emerging issues. This study examines how approximately 24 per cent of all calories currently produced for human consumption are lost or wasted.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 09:00 to Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 18:15

Worcester College, Oxford

How can the world feed more than 9 billion people by 2050 in a manner that advances economic development and reduces pressure on the environment? This is the question addressed in the first instalment of the World Resources Institute’s blog series- ‘Creating a Sustainable Food Future’. The article describes how answering this question will require a ‘great balancing act’ of three needs—all of which must be met simultaneously. Firstly, the world needs to close the gap between the amount of food available today and the amount required in 2050.

Since 2007, the world has suffered three rounds of high food prices, caused by a variety of factors from extreme weather events to civil conflict. A recently-published study  looked at policy responses to price crises in the United States, the European Union and 14 middle- and low-income countries throughout Asia, Latin America, and Africa south of the Sahara, and indicated that poor policy decisions were also a significant contributing factor.

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