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.

5 June 2015
Posted by: michaelwhamm

This post is written by Michael W. Hamm: C.S. Mott Professor of Sustainable Agriculture - Michigan State University and Director of the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems. Mike is also a Visiting Fellow of Mansfield College and the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford,...

20 May 2015
Posted by: michaelwhamm

In this blog-post FCRN-member Professor Michael Hamm discusses a number of contested issues linked to the challenges posed by growing urbanisation. This is the first in a short series of postings by Mike in which he explores the value of city...

6 April 2015
Posted by: sleegammage

This blog comes from Samuel Lee-Gammage.  Samuel is the Research Director for the Food Choice Taskforce (FCT), where he is responsible for knowledge management and resource development to communicate the potential of dietary shifts for public and environmental health. Samuel...

30 March 2015
Posted by: michaelwhamm

This post is written by Michael W. Hamm: C.S. Mott Professor of Sustainable Agriculture - Michigan State University and Director of the MSU Center for Regional...

28 March 2015
Posted by: FCRN Admin

What’s new...and how to get the most from it

Achieving a sustainable food system requires accurate knowledge, communicated effectively to the diverse stakeholders influencing its development.  And these stakeholders need opportunities to interact, explore their differences and...

11 March 2015
Posted by: michaelwhamm

When I was giving my public seminar in 2002 for the position I now hold at MSU, one of the first questions was, “Are you for sustainability?”  My answer was, “Who would say they aren’t for sustainability?”  Everyone nodded, and my next comment was, “but then, the devil’s in the details.”  This...

11 February 2015
Posted by: Elin Roos

What is the role of grazing livestock in a world of climate change and diet-related disease?  - was the overarching question being discussed at an event in Bristol last week organised by the Sustainable Food Trust...

17 December 2014
Posted by: Tara Garnett

This was a busy year for the FCRN.  In addition to our weekly newsletters, our interviews and ad hoc blog...

25 September 2014

We badly need a voice to represent agriculture and food in the international negotiations on climate change. The launch of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture in New York this week offers an opportunity for that voice to be heard. It needs to be a moderate voice, taking account of...

24 July 2014
Posted by: bnutdanai

Below are some of my reflections regarding traceability and sustainability standards within Aquaculture and how a focus on geographically specific standards may benefit both consumers and smallholder producers. Originally from Thailand, I am currently completing my degree in Aquaculture at...