How can we optimise the food system to support future food production and consumption sustainably whilst reducing environmental impacts?

Background

In the densely populated UK, competition for land between urban, rural, food, energy, recreation, environmental outcomes, industry and other uses is a fundamental issue. Our interaction with the natural environmental is often through our use of land.

We need to assess, in a changing society and climate, how best to sustainably use available land area as well as the full suite of natural environment considerations in that use.

Next steps

Get in touch with ari.comment@go-science.gov.uk

Source

This question was published as part of the set of ARIs in this document:

DEFRA Research and innovation interests GOVUK

Related UKRI funded projects


  • Delivering Food Security on Limited Land (DEVIL)

    We will examine the challenge of delivering food security now and in the future on limited area, which will entail examining feedback interactions between land use change and food security dynamics. We will use the high ...

    Funded by: NERC

    Lead research organisation: University of Aberdeen

    Why might this be relevant?

    The project focuses on optimizing food security on limited land, examining feedback interactions between land use change and food security dynamics, and exploring sustainable intensification and demand-side measures.

  • Developing integrated environmental indicators for sustainable global food production and trade

    The proposed research aims to improve understanding of the environmental impact and sustainability of global food production and trade, and to propose solutions to alleviate this impact. The natural environment, providi...

    Funded by: NERC

    Lead research organisation: University College London

    Why might this be relevant?

    The project aims to improve understanding of the environmental impact and sustainability of global food production and trade, and propose solutions to alleviate this impact, considering multiple environmental aspects and the role of trade in global agricultural systems.

  • Achieving Sustainable Agricultural Systems (ASSIST)

    Feeding the rapidly growing global population in a sustainable way is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. Addressing this will require a flexible mix of strategies, including minimising wasteful losses of foo...

    Funded by: NERC

    Lead research organisation: NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

    Why might this be relevant?

    The project focuses on developing innovative farming systems that maintain or increase productivity and resilience while reducing the environmental and ecological footprint of agriculture, addressing sustainable intensification and multi-functional land use.

  • Transforming Food System Relationships

    In this project, we will investigate the role that regional food systems could play in promoting healthier and more sustainable production and consumption practices, and how we can use IT to catalyse relationships betwee...

    Funded by: BBSRC

    Lead research organisation: University of the West of England

  • Healthy soil, Healthy food, Healthy people (H3)

    Bringing together world-class researchers from Sheffield, Leeds, Bristol, Cambridge and City Universities, this proposal seeks to transform the UK food system 'from the ground up' via an integrated programme of interdisc...

    Funded by: BBSRC

    Lead research organisation: University of Sheffield

  • Rurban Revolution: Can ruralising urban areas through greening and growing create a healthy, sustainable & resilient food system?

    Food is a growing challenge for us as a society. Food is damaging the nation's health with overconsumption and poor dietary choices leading to an epidemic of obesity and associated diseases such as diabetes in the UK an...

    Funded by: BBSRC

    Lead research organisation: Lancaster University

  • Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and the Nexus in Brazil (SAIN)

    Brazil is an important player in the international debate about food security, food production and the need to develop production methods that minimise climate impacts, land use changes and loss of tropical forests and b...

    Funded by: ESRC

    Lead research organisation: University of Edinburgh

  • Food Security and Land Use: The Telecoupling Challenge

    The Telecoupling Consortium, consists of four focal countries (Brazil, China, U.K. and U.S.), vulnerable spillover countries in Africa, two major CGIAR centers (CIAT and IFPRI) , FAO and extensive stakeholder involvement...

    Funded by: NERC

    Lead research organisation: University of Oxford

  • Food Security and Land Use: The Telecoupling Challenge

    The Telecoupling Consortium, consists of four focal countries (Brazil, China, U.K. and U.S.), vulnerable spillover countries in Africa, two major CGIAR centers (CIAT and IFPRI) , FAO and extensive stakeholder involvement...

    Funded by: NERC

    Lead research organisation: University of Edinburgh

  • AgriFood4NetZero: Plausible Pathways, Practical and Open Science for Net Zero Agrifood

    The agri-food system, producing 23% of UK emissions, must play a key role in the UK's transition to net zero by 2050, and through leadership in innovation can support change globally. Our Network+ will build on existing ...

    Funded by: EPSRC

    Lead research organisation: University of the West of England

Similar ARIs from other organisations