On 2nd March 2017 the BBC World Service and Wellcome Collection hosted a panel discussion exploring whether vegetarianism is a sustainable option globally. The event was recorded in front of a live audience and will be broadcast on the World Service in April.
A consortium brought together by the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food has received a major award from the Wellcome Trust as part of their 'Our Planet, Our Health' programme.
The project will look at the consequences of the global increase in the consumption of meat, dairy and other animal-sourced foods and how it affects the environment and human health. It will focus on how to achieve changes towards more sustainable and healthy diets.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of the new coordinator of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, Dr Michael Panagopulos, who started this week at the University of Oxford. We apologise for any delays in response to queries in recent months while we have been recruiting for the position and we thank you for your patience while Michael gets up to speed.
Two new posts have recently been advertised at the University of Sheffield as part of the N* agri-food resilience programme.
Both pasts are for two years, with a closing date of 25th April.
A global switch to diets that rely less on meat and more on fruit and vegetables could save up to 8 million lives by 2050, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by two thirds, and lead to healthcare-related savings and avoided climate damages of $1.5 trillion (US).
The study, published today in PNAS, is the first to estimate both the health and climate change impacts of moving towards more plant-based diets for all major world regions.
Our researchers' reactions to George Obsorne's inclusion of a sugar tax in the latest governmental budget:
- By 2050, reduced fruit and vegetable intake could cause twice as many deaths as under-nutrition
- Three-quarters of all climate-related deaths due to changes in food production are estimated to occur in China and India
Read the accessible PDF here.
A combination of a carbon tax on food and a tax on sugary drinks in the UK could lead to health benefits, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and raise up to GB£3.6 billion revenue, according to research published in the open access journal BMC Public Health.