Knowledge for better food systems

FCRN Blogs

The FCRN is all about the conversations and about transmitting knowledge and ideas in ways that people understand and that encourage further exploration and debate. We have created this space to encourage more personal stories with a focus on new ideas, debates and collaborations. The blog-posts are written by people who wish to share something related to new research, reflections from conferences and events or just to highlight thoughts on new ideas and emerging topics of concern. We encourage all of you to contribute. Don't hesitate to get in touch (mariepersson(at)fcrn.org.uk) to pitch a topic.

13 September 2017
Posted by: GarrickStanford

With the search for the most effective source for renewable energy ongoing, wind leads the way with solar, biomass and geothermal technologies also offering viable options for cleaner energy.

The ongoing success of wind as an energy source is no mean feat within the current...

18 August 2017
Posted by: Elin Roos

From evidence to recommendations

Recommending the ‘best’ meat or an alternative to meat is an inherently complex undertaking and includes having to reflect on trade-offs, personal values and ethical considerations. Still, from years of research on the environmental impacts from...

27 July 2017
Posted by: hswartz5

The two American companies are not the first to create innovative alternative proteins (known as APs, such as tofu), meat analogues, or imitation meat (e.g. veggie burgers, tofurkey). Other start-ups such as Memphis Meats and Mosa Meats are creating animal-based cell-cultured meats. But Beyond...

12 July 2017
Posted by: timhess

The FCRN is reposting this blog-post from the Global Food Security programme ...

23 May 2017
Posted by: Afton Halloran

The results come at a critical point in time: companies and investors are hungry for data, and market analysts expect major growth in the insects for food and feed sector in the coming years. So far, only...

2 May 2017
Posted by: Jessica Finch

Potential applications and implications

CRISPR-Cas9 is a tool for very precisely engineering an organism’s genetic material (see the next section for a more detailed explanation). Thousands of research papers using CRISPR-Case9 to engineer different cells in many...

11 April 2017
Posted by: Tim Lang

What seems to be required to right the wrongs is nothing short of a transformation of the food system. Indeed, in Sustainable Diets, the new book I...

16 January 2017
Posted by: Sue Dibb

The newly released figures provide the background modeling behind last year’s updated Eatwell Guide – the government’s official healthy eating advice...

10 November 2016
Posted by: karenluyckx

No doubt this is why many people are already choosing to be vegans, vegetarians, flexitarians or ecotarians, part-time carnivores or however else we choose to label ourselves. But for those who do choose to eat meat, there is something positive that we can do too: we can ensure that the meat...

8 September 2016
Posted by: Tara Garnett

The food problem makes the headlines, and generates soundbites on daily basis – and for good reason. Food is a convergence issue. It is both cause and consequence of some of the most pressing challenges we face today. About 30% of climate changing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions can be...

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