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Research library

Journals and Journal Articles

Photo: Maria Eklind, Crepes at Patisserie David Malmö Sweden, Flickr, Creative Commons License 2.0 generic.

This research links the self-reported Food Frequency Questionnaire (FFQ) data of Swedish participants, to Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) data of carbon footprint for food products. The results of this study indicate that a self-selected diet low in diet related greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE) provides comparable intake of nutrients as a diet high in GHGE, and adheres to dietary guidelines for most nutrients.

Photo: Yoshihide Nomura, Fried vegetables, Flickr, Creative Commons License 2.0 generic.

This comment article in The Lancet Planetary Health emphasises food systems research, that address sustainability and human health, need to combine three factors equally to inform comprehensive improvement strategies. 

Reports

This policy brief, produced by the PBL – the Netherlands environmental assessment agency, investigates the integrated approach that would be needed to making the food chain more circular. In a circular food chain, raw materials are used in a way that adds the most value to the economy and causes the least harm to the environment.

The UNSCN Discussion Paper  “By 2030, end all forms of malnutrition and leave no one behind” aims to show the centrality of nutrition in the current sustainable development agenda.

Books

Being the public voice of over 180 member organisations across nearly 90 countries, La Vía Campesina, the global peasant movement, has planted itself firmly on the international scene. This book explores the internationalisation of the movement, with a specific focus on the engagement of peasants in the processes of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS).

News

Photo: Lablascovegmenu, vegan fried rice, Flickr, Creative Commons License 2.0 generic.

BBC’s Claudia Hammond and Tim Cockerill hosted an event at the Wellcome Collection that can now be listened to online.

Opportunities

This funding call from the US based National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), encourages the submission of proposals for projects that synthesize diverse data sources and/or develop models and scenarios that reflect the intersection of food system activities with ecological and/or broader socio-environmental systems.

There are two types of calls presented.

Deadline 15 May for teams to submit Propose of Pursuit: SESYNC invites proposals for collaborative team-based research (Pursuits) that synthesize existing data, methods, theories, and tools to address a pressing socio-environmental problem.

Deadline May 26 for Synthesis Research for Graduate Students: SESYNC invites proposals from highly qualified graduate students interested in conducting team based, socio-environmental synthesis research.

They emphasise that ideally, studies will seek to identify the mechanisms that link the ecological and social dimensions of one or more activities within the food system, or those that link the food system to other (e.g. water or energy) systems. Projects should produce new fundamental knowledge about the structure and function of the environmental foundations of food systems, with the ultimate goal of using this knowledge to improve the environmental, economic and social sustainability of food system activities.

Example research areas within this theme could include but are not limited to:

  • Relationships between species biodiversity, pollinator health, and crop productivity
  • Urban food systems, green spaces and biodiversity
  • Environmental and social implications (including impacts on water and energy systems) of spatially explicit food production and distribution systems
  • Biogeochemical cycling and food production and/or food waste
  • Linkages between agricultural production, human nutrition and ecosystem services
  • Sustainable livelihoods and agro-ecological production in the developing world
  • Changing water availability, globalization and local food systems 

Read more about the call here.

The Baltic Studies Centre, in cooperation with the Latvian Academy of Culture is organising a scientific and practical conference Alternative food supply networks in Central and Eastern Europe: Towards new grounds for interpretation and collaboration. The organisers invite researchers and practitioners to submit papers exploring the diversity of food practices in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).

The conference particularly – but not exclusively – encourages discussions on the following issues from theoretical, empirical, methodological, practical and policy perspectives:

  • Diversity of alternative food networks (AFNs): responses of alternative food supply networks to  societal demands and challenges, as well as dynamic food system contexts in CEE;
  • Cultural embeddedness: the role of culture, tradition and retro-innovation in maintaining and re-discovering the alternatives to conventional food supply chains; food as a symbol of national/ regional/ ethnic identity; food supply and consumption as experience;
  • Organisation of AFNs: actors of alternative food networks, their motivations, values, business models and organisational/legal incorporation,  and capabilities;
  • Theoretical approaches towards AFNs: strengths and weaknesses of the existing theoretical approaches and conceptualisations; the extent to which theories developed in one context may capture the peculiarities and role of AFNs in different contexts; theory development based on practical examples;
  • Forms of collaboration in AFNs: bottom-up initiatives, horizontal and vertical collaborations, emerging partnerships and institutional arrangements; forms of creative, social entrepreneurship in AFNs;
  • Governance and policy: governance of AFNs, including political recognition and emerging policy frameworks and instruments;
  • Food discourses: shifts in food interpretation discourses and the role of alternative food initiatives in these transformations;

The conference welcomes wide range of contributions – scientific papers, practitioner stories, video-presentations about AFNs, and other “alternative” formats.

If you have any questions, contact kristine.bramberga@lka.edu.lv or mikelis.grivins@gmail.com.

Additional information about the conference here.

Events

The launch event of Compassion in World Farming’s new campaign  STOPTHEMACHINE will explore the link between factory farming and the plight of some of the world’s most iconic and endangered species.

Key speakers include Simon King OBE and Tony Juniper.  The event will be held at the Natural History Museum, North Hall, Queens’ Gate Entrance, London SW7 5BD.

To attend the event RSVP to stopthemachine@ciwf.org by 8 May 2017.

Read more here.

The Baltic Studies Centre, in cooperation with the Latvian Academy of Culture is organising a scientific and practical conference Alternative food supply networks in Central and Eastern Europe: Towards new grounds for interpretation and collaboration. The organisers invite researchers and practitioners to submit papers exploring the diversity of food practices in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).

The conference aims to facilitate a systematic reflection of how alternative food networks in CEE are developed, practiced and theorised. The conference invites researchers from various disciplines (including but not limited to sociology, anthropology, cultural studies and humanities, geography, economics, creative industries and entrepreneurship, environmental studies) and practitioners engaged in alternative food initiatives to share insights on the evolving alternative food practices in CEE. The conference particularly – but not exclusively – encourages discussions on the following issues from theoretical, empirical, methodological, practical and policy perspectives:

  • Diversity of alternative food networks (AFNs): responses of alternative food supply networks to  societal demands and challenges, as well as dynamic food system contexts in CEE;
  • Cultural embeddedness: the role of culture, tradition and retro-innovation in maintaining and re-discovering the alternatives to conventional food supply chains; food as a symbol of national/ regional/ ethnic identity; food supply and consumption as experience;
  • Organisation of AFNs: actors of alternative food networks, their motivations, values, business models and organisational/legal incorporation,  and capabilities;
  • Theoretical approaches towards AFNs: strengths and weaknesses of the existing theoretical approaches and conceptualisations; the extent to which theories developed in one context may capture the peculiarities and role of AFNs in different contexts; theory development based on practical examples;
  • Forms of collaboration in AFNs: bottom-up initiatives, horizontal and vertical collaborations, emerging partnerships and institutional arrangements; forms of creative, social entrepreneurship in AFNs;
  • Governance and policy: governance of AFNs, including political recognition and emerging policy frameworks and instruments;
  • Food discourses: shifts in food interpretation discourses and the role of alternative food initiatives in these transformations;

The conference welcomes wide range of contributions – scientific papers, practitioner stories, video-presentations about AFNs, and other “alternative” formats.

If you have any questions, contact kristine.bramberga@lka.edu.lv or mikelis.grivins@gmail.com.

Additional information about the conference here.