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Why the issue of land must be central to UK food systems transformation.

May 3, 2022

Aerial view of vast wheat fields

By Dr Christopher Yap, Research Fellow. City, University of London Issues of food and land are inseparable. And yet the relationships between land, space, planning, and food systems are too-often marginal within food systems debates. In this piece we consider the role of land in leveraging change towards fairer and more sustainable food systems and […]

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Leveraging public procurement to localise the food system

April 6, 2022

fresh plums in cardboard boxes

By Dr Ulrike Ehgartner, Research Associate Every year, the UK spends 2.4 billion pounds on public food procurement, which equates to 5.5% of total food sales. Public food procurement refers to the foods bought by the government with the use of public funds. It provides the meals served at public institutions such as schools, hospitals, […]

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Keeping soil alive with regenerative agriculture

January 11, 2022

By Professor Steve Banwart, Professor Pippa Chapman, Dr Gesa Reiss, Professor Lisa Collins. Global Food and Environment Institute, University of Leeds. Increasing the amount of organic matter to support microbial activity in each kilogram of soil, especially in degraded soils, is just the first step in regenerative agriculture. Fresh plant litter is colonised by soil […]

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Leaders for Change in the driving seat

November 24, 2021

By Maddie Sinclair, Research Assistant, Sustainable and health food for children After a few months of waiting due to Covid, we were delighted to finally welcome our Leaders for Change to Spark: York for a day of activities about food and climate change, and to empower them as agents of change within their schools and […]

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Stewarding change in food systems in a time of the great transformation

November 10, 2021

a butterfly with spread wings

By Prof Ioan Fazey, Lead for Transformation and 3 Horizons As the world has watched COP26 with bated breath, wondering whether genuine and meaningful progress will have been made, it is helpful to remind ourselves that we are already in a major global period of change where transformations in our economy, food systems and ways […]

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Shining a light on the food system through storytelling

November 4, 2021

piece of paper that says words have power

In October 2021, Global Food Security held their ‘Speak Up for Food Security’ Research Storytelling competition online. The competition aimed to equip early career researchers (ECRs) with the knowledge and skills to inform climate action in the food system, as well as to inspire action. The competition was also timely ahead of the UK hosting […]

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Grow It York: Believing in healthy food

September 9, 2021

In a previous blog post, Katherine Denby, from the University of York, introduced the vertical farm project which she is leading as part of the FixOurFood programme. In this blog post, we explore the partnerships which are behind Grow It York. For those who haven’t heard of Grow It York, it is a vertical community […]

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