21 July 2016: Brexit and UK seasonal fruit

The UK Guardian has a good article on farmers’ concerns about the future of British strawberries and other seasonal fruit post-Brexit. This looks at how the industries will survive if  bans are introduced on EU migrant workers. The NFU (National Farmers’ Union) is seeking urgent talks with the Brexit minister, David Davis, to discuss special measures for migrant seasonal workers. You can read the full article here

If you don’t already know the website follow-the-things  ( ‘a database of work making ‘real’ hidden relations between producers & consumers of everyday things’ ) – it’s worth taking a look.

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10 May 2016: short film – why do we need to change our food system?

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Fondation Nicolas Hulot (FNH) and the International Urban Food Network (IUFN) have produced a short film that explains why there is an urgent need  for action towards more sustainable food systems. It was produced as part of the Climate Change Urban Food Initiative launched in late 2015 by UNEP, FNH, IUFN.

It’s worth a few minutes of your time – you can see it here


30 December 2015 -what could be important for food and agriculture in 2016

Food Tank has just published a list of 16 stories they predict will be  food and agriculture trends in 2016. These include:

  • the UN FAO’s Liberation project which promotes ecological intensification – increasing yields through ecosystem services, rather than external inputs – as a critical way of achieving more food security with less environmental damage; and
  • the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition’s work on food sustainability, including it’s youth manifesto which aims to get young people involved

Recognition of the key role of women farmers, of food workers’ fights for fair pay and labour rights, and of the role of sustainable diets are also flagged up.

You can read the full list and find more details here


3 July 2015 – OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2015-2024 published

The latest OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2015-2024 is cautiously predicting a calmer time for food prices after the recent price spikes. In addition, the report notes:

Major changes in demand are expected in developing countries, where population growth, rising per capita incomes and urbanization will increase demand for food, according to the report. Rising incomes will prompt consumers to continue diversifying their diets, notably by increasing their consumption of animal protein relative to starches. As a result, the prices of meat and dairy products are expected to be high relative to crop prices. Among crops, the prices of coarse grains and oilseeds, used for animal feed, should rise relative to the prices of food staples’.

This year’s Outlook also contains a special focus on Brazil, which is ‘poised to capture most of the trade expansion to be generated by import demand growth, particularly from Asia’.

You can read more – and access the full report – here