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) to pitch a topic.

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

New analysis identifies the huge gap between a healthy & sustainable diets and what we’re actually eating

This blog-post is written by Sue Dibb, FCRN advisory board member and the coordinator of the Eating...

10 November 2016
Posted by: karenluyckx

This blog comes from FCRN member Karen Luyckz, from Feedback.

Feedback is an environmental organisation that campaigns to end food waste at every level of the food...

8 September 2016
Posted by: Tara Garnett

We are reposting this article by FCRN’s Tara Garnett with kind permission from Discover society. The article was originally published in...

30 August 2016
Posted by: DanaK

This blog-post by Dana Kapitulčinová makes a plea for a greater focus on issues around food system sustainability in Central and Eastern European countries and aims to spark further discussions on how best to create meaningful links between researchers and practitioners in Western and...

25 August 2016
Posted by: Lucy Luo

In this blog-post Lucy Luo, programme director at the organisation JUCCCE (Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy), comments on the 2016 update of the Chinese dietary guidelines. The advice has received quite a lot of media attention and has been described as encouraging a reduction in...

19 July 2016
Posted by: Becky Willson

This blog comes from FCRN member Becky Willson.  Becky works as a project officer for the Farm Carbon Cutting Toolkit (FCCT), a farmer led organisation which aims to...

11 July 2016
Posted by: wendylumcgill

This is the second post in the blog-series on Insects for Food and Feed by Wendy Lu McGill who is a PhD candidate at the National University of Ireland at Galway’s Plant and...