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.


Anke Brons - 27 November 2018

In achieving the transition to more healthy and sustainable diets, a major challenge is how to do so in an inclusive and equitable way. In a Western context, this issue is particularly relevant as cities increasingly become more diverse in their ethnic make-up; it is essential to include the...


Christian Reynolds - 11 September 2018

Have you ever wondered how your food choices affect the environment? Fancy exploring data on nutrition and greenhouse gas emissions and coming up with new ideas for changing food choices? Come along to a Hacknight in Manchester, or other northern cities, play with the data and share your ideas...


Riana Topan - 27 July 2018

Plant-based prominence

It’s no secret that the popularity of plant-based foods has grown exponentially in recent years. Be it for environmental, health or animal welfare reasons – or all three – many people are looking to incorporate more plant foods, especially plant-based...


James Hand - 11 July 2018

Many UK consumers want to shop more sustainably. They also want to buy healthier products and, increasingly, from brands that share a commitment to ethical principles such as corporate responsibility, fairness and transparency.

However, it’s incredibly hard for people to actually...


Despoina Dadarou - 10 July 2018

Dear FCRN community members,

My name is Despoina Dadarou. I’m a PhD student at Warwick University and my work is in the field of food security. Specifically, I’m studying the role of chromatin remodelling in altering gene expression during plant immune responses.

As part...


Johanna Jacobi - 5 July 2018

I am Johanna Jacobi, living and working in Bolivia on the topics of agroecology and sustainable food systems. I am doing research and involved in coordinating the project “Towards food sustainability...


Will Nicholson - 26 June 2018

I have spent much of the last 6 years helping caterers to implement and monitor sustainable and healthy food policies, and have seen plenty of opportunities for change, but also plenty of room for improvement.

First things first, the opportunities.  Our understanding of what we mean...


Hannah van Zanten - 21 June 2018

The current systems and scale of livestock production have a severe impact on the environment

It is widely recognized that food production, especially animal production, generates a broad range of environmental impacts, increasing the pressure on the Earth’s system. The global...


Helen Breewood - 15 April 2018

Vegan food is in fashion, and not just among the increasing numbers of vegans - many Brits are cutting down their meat intake, in a trend known as...


Judy Bankman - 7 March 2018

“Because it directly links and negatively affects human and environmental health, the global dietary transition is one of the great challenges facing humanity.” - David Tilman and Michael Clark, Nature, 2014.

As a public health practitioner, my...

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