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 to pitch a topic.


Walter Fraanje - 20 February 2020

The upsurge in forest fires in the Amazon last summer, and the destruction this has caused, have intensified the level of attention paid to the UK’s imports of soy. Soy production is known to be a major driver of loss of native vegetation in the Amazon and other South American biomes such as...


Leah Garcés - 11 February 2020

In 2014, a man I’d once considered the “enemy” forever changed the way I think about solving hard problems. The ambitious problem I’d been trying to solve was how to stop what is, in my view, the most abusive, destructive food production system humans could have created: factory farming....


Martin Rowe - 19 November 2019

In September 2019, San Francisco- and London-based think tank ReThinkX published Rethinking Food and Agriculture 2020–2030, which describes the disruptions...


Hibba Mazhary - 7 November 2019

Introduction and Context

In the next few decades, global demand for meat and other animal products is set to grow steadily, which raises many questions about the (un)ethical nature of this consumption. The application of halal to this topic opens up a particularly ‘meaty’ set of...


Susann Schade - 15 October 2019

Introduction - Microalgae research of the past decades

The NovAL (Novel microalgae species as a sustainable source of bioactive nutrients in human nutrition) project started in 2017 and...


Tara Garnett - 1 October 2019

The realisation struck me over a drink with a friend the other evening: when I mentioned I was trying to eat vegan-only food two days a week, this friend, a longstanding and committed environmental activist, made a sort of grimace.  She looked disquieted, uncomfortable.  That word, vegan. ...


Christina O'Sullivan - 19 September 2019

What do farmed salmon eat? If you’re anything like me before I started working on this campaign, you probably find it difficult to answer that question. While feed for terrestrial animals has come under a lot of scrutiny recently, aquaculture (fish farming) has largely swum under the radar. To...


Kelly Reed and Philippa Ryan - 10 September 2019

Introduction

We are becoming more and more aware that what we eat has a detrimental effect not only on our health but on the planet itself and many believe that a significant overhaul of the current global food system is needed to meet the challenges of feeding a growing world...


Elise Birkett & Anna Davidsen Davies - 4 June 2019

Brighter Green wrote about the potential effect of the dietary guidelines in Brazil and other countries in Latin America when they were first published in 2014. At the time,...


Matthew Jordon - 7 May 2019

Introduction

Ruminant agriculture has received increasing attention in recent years as a major source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions1 and other...

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