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Fodder: 31 October 2018

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In Fodder this week

Brexit could cause an extra 5,600 deaths because of the resulting possible changes in diet; the global food system does not produce enough fruits, vegetables and protein to meet everyone’s nutritional needs; meat, eggs and dairy are major contributors to the carbon footprint of diets in the European Union; and the expansion of palm oil cultivation in Africa is likely to threaten primate biodiversity.

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Contents

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Research library

Journal articles

Does current food production meet global nutritional needs?

The global agricultural system doesn’t produce enough fruit, vegetables and protein to meet the nutritional needs of the world’s population, according to this paper. Meanwhile, grains, fats and sugars are overproduced, relative to what is needed for a healthy diet (defined in this paper as a diet in accordance with the Harvard Healthy Eating Plate (HHEP)).

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Animal products are a major source of EU food emissions

This paper calculates the carbon footprints of food supply across different European Union countries. Annual footprints vary from 610 to 1460 CO2 eq. per person, with Bulgaria having the lowest footprint and Portugal having the highest footprint. Meat and eggs account for the...

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Palm oil expansion in Africa is likely to harm primates

This paper searched for areas of land in Africa where palm oil could be cultivated productively with minimal impact on primate populations. The results showed that such areas are rare: the areas that are suitable for growing palm oil also tend to be areas where primates are highly vulnerable...

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Reports

Brexit could cause an extra 5,600 deaths through diet change

A hard Brexit, where the UK trades with other nations on the terms and tariffs set out by the World Trade Organisation after leaving the European Union, could cause an additional 5,600 deaths in the UK, mainly due to reduced consumption of fruits, vegetables...

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Policy briefing: CAP - 11 ways to deliver for better health

The European Public Health Alliance has published a policy briefing outlining 11 ways in which the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) could promote public health.

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The case for low-carbon transition in the food sector

Government policies are not doing enough to support the transition to a lower-carbon foods sector, according to a report by the Changing Markets Foundation. Specifically, the report argues in favour of policies to shift the food system away from...

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Influencing farmers' decision-making behaviour

This report from the UK’s Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board reviews how the behaviour of farmers might be influenced so that the recommendations of researchers and policymakers can be implemented on farms.

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Books

Organic food and farming in China

The book “Organic Food and Farming in China: Top-down and Bottom-up Ecological Initiatives”, by Steffanie Scott, Zhenzhong Si, Theresa Schumilas and Aijuan Chen, examines the development of the organic food sector in China and its influences from both the state and grassroots actors.

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Narratives of hunger in international law

The book “Narratives of Hunger in International Law: Feeding the World in Times of Climate Change”, by Anne Saab, explores two different views of hunger in the context of climate change (neoliberal vs. the food sovereignty movement) and how international law affects these narratives.

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News and resources

Video: Negative emissions technologies and sequestration

A recording of the launch of the report “Negative Emissions Technologies and Reliable Sequestration: A Research Agenda” can be viewed here, hosted by the National...

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Commentaries: Does organic food cut cancer risk?

Two commentary pieces question the findings of the study “Association of Frequency of Organic Food Consumption With Cancer Risk”, which claims that higher organic food consumption is associated with a lower...

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“Mad cow disease” case confirmed on Scottish farm

A case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as “mad cow disease”, has been confirmed on a farm in Aberdeenshire. The case was discovered before entering the human food chain, and Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon has said that all necessary measures have been taken to...

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Opportunities

Job: Communications intern, Feeding Britain, London, UK

The food poverty charity Feeding Britain is hiring a communications intern to develop and implement a social media strategy on Facebook and Twitter, develop public campaigns, write newsletters and identify areas of improvement for the website.

Candidates must have experience in developing communications strategies, managing social media platforms, and writing or editing newsletter, preferably in Mailchimp.

The office is based in London, but some remote working is possible. The internship will be paid at £10.20 per hour.

For more details, see here. The application deadline is 2 November 2018.

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Job: Post-doctoral research scientist - agricultural systems, Rothamsted Research, North Wyke, UK

Agricultural research centre Rothamsted Research is hiring a post-doctoral research scientist with knowledge of farm systems and their impacts on public goods, such as environmental impacts.

The successful candidate will analyse existing empirical and modelling data. The aim of the research is to test metrics for how different farm systems perform under sustainable intensification management practices.

For more details, see here. The deadline is 11 November 2018.

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Job: Public engagement manager, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, UK

Agricultural research centre Rothamsted Research is hiring a public engagement manager to plan and run public engagement activities across the institute, capture and evaluate data on events, and engage with schools and other educational organisations.

Candidates should have strong creative, communication and interpersonal skills, with experience in science public engagement relating to plant and animal science, food or agriculture.

For more details, see here. The deadline is 12 November 2018.

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Competition: Agricultural field delineation from satellite imagery, Innocentive

Crowdsourcing website Innocentive is running a competition to develop a system for automatically detecting agricultural field outlines from satellite imagery. The system should be applicable across different farming types and countries.

For more details, see here. The deadline is 19 November 2018.

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Breakthrough Generation Fellowship: Food and farming, Oakland, CA, United States

Applications are open for the Breakthrough Institute’s Generation Fellowship. The fellowship is for “outstanding young analysts, writers, and thought leaders” and will run for ten weeks over the summer of 2019. Fellows will contribute writing and research to one of the three main areas at the Breakthrough Institute: energy, conservation, or food and farming. For more on the institute’s work on food and farming, see here.

Final-year undergraduates, college graduates, and postgraduates are eligible to apply. Candidates must submit writing samples as part of the application.

For more details, see here. The application deadline is 12 February 2019.

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Call for abstracts: Internet-of-things for precision agriculture

The call for abstracts is open for a special issue of the journal Sensors. The special issue will cover the topic “Internet-of-Things for precision agriculture”. The special issue will cover scientific fundamentals to commercial examples of the Internet-of-Things in precision agriculture.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Intelligent sensing technologies
  • Data architectures and management
  • Edge computing
  • Network and communications technologies
  • Internet-of-Things platform integration
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Emerging applications/services and cloud analytics
  • Information visualisation
  • Security, privacy and trust
  • Inter-operability and standards
  • Emerging business models

For more details, see here. The deadline for manuscript submissions is 15 April 2019.

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Events

Talk: How to start and grow your plant-based business, Rotterdam, Netherlands

The Vegan Entrepreneurs Network will host a talk in Rotterdam on 26 November 2018 on the topic of starting plant-based businesses. The speakers will be Mathijs Huis in 't Veld of Jack Bean and Fran Rosario of Lovechock. There will also be a question and answer session.

For more details, see here.

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Webinar: Initiating landscape enterprise networks, Ecosystem Knowledge Network

The Ecosystems Knowledge Network will host a webinar in 28 November 2018 on Landscape Enterprise Networks, which harness commercial interest in how landscapes function in order to drive investment and innovation that protects assets such as soils, aquifers, access infrastructure, habitats and tree cover. The webinar will feature a presentation by Tom Curtis of 3Keel Sustainability Advisors.

Find out more here. To attend the webinar, you must be a member of the Ecosystems Knowledge Network’s Natural Capital Investment Forum - find out how to join here.

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Conference: Brave New World - Agriculture to 2030, Sydney, Australia

The Ag Institute Australia will host its National Conference at Rydges World Square, Sydney on 28 to 30 November 2018. The key themes of the conference will be:

  • Challenges facing Australian agriculture
  • Controlling supply chains
  • Machine learning, big data, quantum computing & biotech
  • Human touch – beyond the bottom line

For more details, see here.

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