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Fodder: 10 October 2018

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In Fodder this week

Climate change could increase the number of children who are stunted; DEFRA publishes the response to its consultation on food, the environment and Brexit; and a new lab-grown meat startup claims it can grow meat from a single cell, without having to use animal serum.

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Journal articles

Potential impacts of climate change on child stunting

A global model of how child stunting could be affected by climate change and poverty in 2030 has been developed by FCRN member Simon Lloyd of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. By 2030, an estimated 570,000 to over one million children under 5 will suffer from stunting that can be attributed to climate change, with both greater poverty and greater climate change causing more stunting.

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Cities’ role in mitigating US food greenhouse gas emissions

FCRN member Eugene Mohareb of the University of Reading is the lead author on a paper that quantifies greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the US food supply chain. The paper argues that the majority of food system emissions could be best mitigated...

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Rice climate impacts could be reduced by up to 90%

Rice cultivation emits methane and nitrous oxide, which are both more potent greenhouse gases than carbon dioxide. Policies to reduce methane emissions from rice farming generally recommend using intermittent (as opposed to continuous) flooding. However, intermittent flooding could produce...

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Food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit

The UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has published “Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit” - a summary of the...

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Nutrient flows in livestock supply chains

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations has published guidelines for the assessment of nutrient flows and their associated environmental impacts in livestock supply chains. The guidelines are aimed at people and organisations who already...

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A food systems approach to policy for health and sustainability

The UK’s Global Food Security programme has published a think piece that argues for a systemic approach to food sustainability and health by governments and businesses. The report argues that the whole food system must be examined to identify the...

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Food, animals, and the environment: an ethical approach

FCRN member Christopher Schlottmann of New York University has written a book discussing empirical, ethical, and social dimensions of food, animals, and the environment, providing both big picture and more detailed analysis, including updated statistics.

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Urban gardening as politics

This book, edited by Chiara Tornaghi and Chiara Certomà, critically explores the social and political implications of urban gardening.

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Changing the food game

The book “Changing the food game: market transformation strategies for sustainable agriculture”, written by Lucas Simons, discusses how markets can be changed to support a sustainable food system. Chapter topics include how food production impacts the world, market failures, and phases of...

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News and resources

Startup claims to create lab-grown meat without animal serum

A new lab-grown meat startup, Meatable, claims that it has overcome a key technical barrier - the use of serum from unborn animals to grow cells. Meatable’s meat-growing process allegedly does not need serum, because it uses pluripotent stem cells (...

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UN Human Rights Council passes resolution on peasant rights

The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council has passed a resolution concluding the UN Declaration for the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas. The Declaration will be used to influence national policies on food, agriculture...

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Vegan food now a legal right in Californian hospitals and prisons

A new law requires that state institutions such as hospitals, nursing homes and prisons in California must provide a vegan menu option. The move has been welcomed by health and animal welfare campaigners.

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Jobs: Change communications officer and press officer, Scotland’s Rural College, Edinburgh, UK

Scotland’s Rural College is hiring a change communications officer and a press officer.

The change communications officer will communicate the college’s development plans to both internal and external audiences. Candidates should have a degree in PR or journalism, or equivalent experience.

The press officer will help to raise the college’s profile across a variety of media platforms. Candidates should be able to write about a wide variety of research, agriculture and education topics and have excellent contacts in the Scottish media and further afield.

For more details, follow the links above. The deadline for both vacancies is 14 October 2018.

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Startup accelerator: The Food Foundry, Chicago, United States

Innovation hub Relish Works is running an accelerator programme for startups in the foodservice sector. The programme will provide funding, mentors and a network of contacts.

Relevant business areas include food safety, food waste, vertical farming, meal kits, third party delivery and food as medicine.

For more details, see here. The deadline is 15 October 2018.

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Job: Professor and chair of consumption and healthy lifestyles, Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands

Wageningen University & Research is hiring a professor to develop a new line of research on the social organisation of consumption, with a focus on consumption practices and lifestyles that promote human and environmental health and wellbeing.

Candidates should have a track record in the field of consumption and healthy lifestyles, a PhD in the social sciences, and have experience of managing professionals.

For more details, see here. The deadline is 20 October 2018.

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Funding: Industrial strategy challenge fund - Transforming food production, UK

UK Research & Innovation, as part of its Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, is offering funding to help businesses improve the productivity and sustainability of UK crop and ruminant agriculture.

Examples of fundable project type include:

  • Combining digital technologies and engineering solutions with biological, environmental and/or social science
  • Developing technologies and solutions that connect farms and supply chains
  • Transferring technology from another sector into agriculture, providing this requires innovation.

For more details, see here and here. The application deadline is 24 October 2018.

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Jobs: Future Leaders Programme, Unilever, UK

Food and consumer goods company Unilever has opened applications for its Future Leaders Programme. The three-year graduate programme can be taken across several business functions, including customer development, financial management, human resources, marketing, research and development, supply chain, and technology management.

For more details, see here. The application deadline is 18 November 2018.

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PhD: Sustainability and agrifood supply chains, Dartmouth College, United States

The Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems & Society (EEES) graduate program at Dartmouth College (New Hampshire, United States) seeks applicants for fully-funded PhD study in sustainability and agrifood supply chains.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated capacity for original research, and a commitment to methodologies that integrate the social and biophysical sciences, such as political ecology and science and technology studies (STS). A prior degree in geography, environmental studies, anthropology, rural sociology or related fields is preferable.

Please email a brief statement of interest and a CV to Dr. Susanne Freidberg ( Candidates for Fall 2019 are encouraged to apply by 1 December 2018.

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Jobs: National consultants, International Centre for Tropical Agriculture, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand

The International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) is hiring three ​national consultants to provide support in the preparation of the Climate-Smart Agriculture Country Profiles for South East Asia, specifically based in Laos, Myanmar and Thailand.

Candidates with a background in Agronomy / Agricultural Economics / Environmental Science and Policy or other related fields (PhD preferred), having at least 5-7 years of relevant work experience in the listed countries are encouraged to apply. For additional information about this opportunity, visit the following links for short Terms of Reference documents for the respective countries:

Applicants are invited to send a one-page cover letter together with a detailed CV, including names and addresses of three referees knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience. All correspondence should be addressed to Miguel Lizarazo ( and James Giles ( Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is identified.

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Seminar: Improvement in the socio-environmental quality of cities - Urban agriculture and stormwater management, Coventry University, UK

Coventry University’s Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience will run a seminar on 16 October 2018 on the topic of urban agriculture and stormwater management, led by PhD student Carina Corrêa.

To attend the seminar, register here. You will also be able to view a livestream of the seminar on Facebook (11:30 until 12:30 UK time, 16 October 2018) and view a recording after the event on Youtube.

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Talk: Can public health solve obesity, hunger and malnutrition by focusing on the lived experience of food and eating? London, UK

Professor Wendy Wills of the University of Hertfordshire will consider the extent to which a focus on the ‘lived experience’ of food and eating could bring about change. The talk is part of the Food Thinkers series run by the Centre for Food Policy at City, University of London.

To book tickets, see here. The talk is on 24 October 2018.

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Workshop: How do we talk about meat and dairy reduction? London, UK

Eating Better will run a workshop considering the best ways to frame the message of reducing meat and dairy consumption. Speakers will include:

For more details, see here. The workshop is on 29 Oct 2018 in London.

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