Knowledge for better food systems

Greenhouse Gas and Dietary choices Open source Toolkit (GGDOT) hack event, University of Stirling, UK

The Greenhouse Gas and Dietary choices Open source Toolkit (GGDOT) project funded by N8 Agrifood is running a series of hack events to develop tools for estimating the contribution of food to greenhouse gas emissions. The second will be on 16 May 2019 at the University of Stirling in Scotland.

The GGDOT hosts, including FCRN members Ximena Schmidt, Sarah Bridle and Christian Reynolds, have created a database and some Python tools, which show a breakdown of emissions and nutrition for a set of foods that participants can specify.

Data hackers could play with different foods to try to find a nutritious and tasty low carbon diet, work on improving the visualisation of this complex dataset, think of optimisation tools, work with nutrition and emissions experts to improve the content, and/or participate in the hack event competition to win £100 of Amazon vouchers.

Nutrition, emissions and psychology experts could offer input to improve the content of the toolkit including using other dietary databases, improving the matching with carbon footprint databases, improve the data visualisations, and/or to participate in the competition for Amazon vouchers.

The GGDOT hosts are also interested in receiving input for developing outreach activities on this topic, including games for the upcoming stand Take a Bite out of Climate Change at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2019.

There are three events in this series (all running from 14:00 – 17:00 BST):

Email info@ggdot.org to join the GGDOT mailing list for information about code releases and other events.