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.


Tara Garnett - 11 April 2016

A consortium aiming to understand local to global social, economic and environmental food system interactions - and to aid decision making

This blog-post is written by FCRN coordinator Tara Garnett who is part of a new global research collaboration; the ...


Wendy Lu McGill - 5 March 2016

This week we are pleased to publish a first blog-post from Wendy Lu McGill who is a PhD researcher at the Plant and Agribiosciences  Research Centre (PABC) working with Prof. Charles Spillane and Dr. Peter McKeown at the National University of...


Tim Hess - 22 February 2016

This blog-post is a follow up in our new series on water. This time, FCRN member Dr Tim Hess from Cranfield University, continues from where Brad Ridoutt left off in his post on An update on water footprints....


Brad Ridoutt - 7 February 2016

This blog is written by FCRN member Brad Ridoutt who is a Principal Research Scientist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia’s national science agency. He is an international leader in the field of life cycle assessment (LCA) which he...


Elin Roös - 1 February 2016

This post is written by FCRN collaborator Elin Röös. Elin is a postdoctoral researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences working for the ...


Mike Hamm - 25 January 2016

This contribution to the FCRN blog series comes from FCRN member Professor Michael W. Hamm: Senior Fellow, at the Center for Regional Food Systems- Michigan State University.

Mike’s piece provides a short commentary on a paper...


Henri de Ruiter - 20 January 2016

This blog is from FCRN member Henri de Ruiter. Henri is a PhD Student at the University of Aberdeen and the James Hutton Institute. Henri graduated with a Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in...


Michelle Tom - 5 January 2016

This post is written by Michelle Tom, lead author of Energy use, blue water footprint, and greenhouse gas emissions for current food consumption patterns and dietary recommendations in the US, and provides further commentary on her paper. Michelle is a research associate at...


Rafael Silva & Dominic Moran - 10 November 2015

This blog is written by FCRN member Rafael Silva and Professor Dominic Moran.  Rafael is undertaking a PhD titled “Modelling sustainable intensification in Brazilian agriculture” at the University of Edinburgh and Scotland’s rural College (SRUC). Rafael holds a bachelor degree in Applied...


Anna Taylor - 4 November 2015

This post is written by FCRN member Anna Taylor who works as Executive Director of the Food Foundation since June 2015. The Food Foundation is a new independent organisation working to influence policy across the food system. She took up the...

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