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These contain ideas, views and experiences sharing my views to build a fairer, more sustainable, resilient, and healthier food system. I welcome guest bloggers so if you would like to share your story, ideas or projects then please do get in touch.

12 Sustainable Food Trends to Watch in 2022

12 Sustainable Food Trends to Watch in 2022

This blog explores 12 Sustainable food trends that will come to the fore in 2022. Increasing citizen awareness, investor pressure and government action around the health, environmental, social, and animal welfare impacts of or food systems, means that in 2022 the chorus to translate words into actions, to transform a food system many consider not fit for purpose, is only going to accelerate.
Trends explored in the blog include deforestation free commodities; resilience based on local diversity foods; Regenerative and agroecological farming; upcycled foods; Healthy plant rich diets; less but better meats; A just food transition; Antimicrobial Resistance; Traceability and transparency; Carbon and eco-labelling; and Packaging innovation and reductions.

Rethinking Trade to Support Healthier Food Systems

Rethinking Trade to Support Healthier Food Systems

Trade policies today are invariably driven by goals that have little to do with our diets, nutrition, environmental standards or animal welfare, instead focusing on issues such as economic growth, incomes, jobs, and export earnings. If the health, social and environmental costs associated with food production and trade are not reflected in the final price of goods, trade is likely to exacerbate the health and planetary crises.

Obesity and sustainability: tackling root causes

Obesity and sustainability: tackling root causes

Today, 4th March 2021, marks World Obesity Day. There is mounting evidence that our food system – the way we grow, harvest, process, transport, market, consume, and dispose of food – is making us ill and is contributing towards our ecological crisis. Our food system is negatively impacting on climate change, biodiversity loss and the double burden of obesity and malnutrition. We need a sustainable nutrition transition to shift food systems, so they support nutrient rich foods with governments and the food industry reorienting their policies and practices to support this transition. Without this transition, we will fail to reach the 2030 sustainable development goal ‘to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.’

Eating for the Planet: Four Glimmers of Hope for 2021

Eating for the Planet: Four Glimmers of Hope for 2021

There is a famous Chinese proverb that says ‘When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills’. 12 months ago who would have foretold of the winds of change, indeed the storm, that has gripped the world in 2020 – a global pandemic which has now brought a global death toll that now stands at over 1.6 million and wrought havoc of global economies and the lives of the 7.8 billion people living on the planet today.

From Jungle Fowl to Jungle Foul: Sustainable Chicken

From Jungle Fowl to Jungle Foul: Sustainable Chicken

Today, we consume over 69 billion chickens, globally, each year. That is over 8 chickens for every man, woman, and child alive on the planet today. Our appetite for chicken is driving climate change and biodiversity loss in the Amazon and Cerrado. With much attention focussed on beef sustainability, in this blog I argue that we have dropped the ball on chicken sustainability.

Reframing how we think about food and health

Reframing how we think about food and health

A new narrative and mindsets are required to transform our food system from one predicated on a productivist, feed the world narrative to one that nourishes and regenerates human, ecological and animal health

Tackling Obesity: Governments should take a leaf from Chile’s playbook

Tackling Obesity: Governments should take a leaf from Chile’s playbook

Chile, a country plagued by high levels of obesity has some of the world’s toughest controls which has resulted in a 23% drop in sugary drink sales over just 2 years. Governments around the world need to address the twin human and planetary health crisis. They should be taking a leaf out of Chile’s obesity playbook through marketing restrictions, labelling and taxation.

Sustainable Nutrition: Challenging the way we grow and eat food

Sustainable Nutrition: Challenging the way we grow and eat food

Sustainable Nutrition is key to fixing our global food system. We need to move away from a food system based solely on increasing yields with less impact (what I would call a ‘productivist’ approach), to one that reduces environmental impacts whilst optimising health and nutritional outcomes. It’s no longer good enough to just produce more food more sustainably. We need to ensure we focus more on the production of nutrient-dense foods in order to optimise nutritional and health outcomes. So we need a fundamental narrative and mindset shift shift from tonnes of a food per hectare to numbers of people fed and nourished per hectare.

Unearthing the science between soil and gut health

Unearthing the science between soil and gut health

As we enter a new decade, there is excitement in the air (or should it be within our soils), with a new and exciting field of science and enquiry emerging which explores the link between the microbiome within soils and the human gut. Whilst the science is in its infancy, there are early tentative signs that the health of our soils has a significant influence our own health and well-being.

Community Supported Agriculture in China: An exciting approach that aims to restore soil and human health.

Community Supported Agriculture in China: An exciting approach that aims to restore soil and human health.

Until recently, China’s agricultural history and traditions have been embedded in approaches and systems in which soil health and human health were at the heart of their farming traditions. This changed as a result of the cultural revolution and rapid urbanisation resulting in industrial farming systems that degrade both soil and human health

Regenerative Agriculture: A farming system fit for the 21st Century

Regenerative Agriculture: A farming system fit for the 21st Century

Regenerative agriculture is an agricultural system that puts more back into the environment and society than it takes out. It is a powerful concept which is key to restoring not just our soils, but society, our health and our natural world. It represents a unique opportunity to re-frame the prevailing productivist narrative, predicated on maximising agricultural output, with minimum impacts, which dominates agricultural policy and practice today.

Global Alliance for the Future of Food – The Food-Health Nexus Solutions Survey

Global Alliance for the Future of Food – The Food-Health Nexus Solutions Survey

The Global Alliance for the Future of Food and Tasting the Future invite you to share your experiences and views on the critical opportunities for and barriers to creating a healthy food system. A team of researchers from Tasting the Future is working with the Global Alliance to explore ‘Systemic Solutions for Healthy Food Systems: The positive health benefits and impacts of sustainable food systems’.

Lets plant the seeds of a revolution in eating

Lets plant the seeds of a revolution in eating

We have all heard or seen the overwhelming volume of evidence relating to the significant environmental and health footprints of livestock production. We know that in order to meet the ambitions and targets and ambitions of the Paris Climate Change Commitment and Sustainable Development Goals we have to put more plant-based proteins back in our diets.

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