One of the findings from Mark Wilson’s research is that consumers believe online farmers’ markets provide multiple public benefits, such as protecting the environment or supporting the local economy. With the onset of the pandemic, another co-benefit emerged…the resilience of short supply chains to an external shock. Food hubs using the Open Food Network platform experienced a 900% increase in demand, literally overnight. They fulfilled this demand by contacting the producers who normally supply the hospitality sector, which was now locked down, and […]
SILCI researcher Mark Wilson gave a presentation at the CEEDA online symposium in June. The CEEDA symposium is an annual event where doctoral candidates from various universities present their research to an academic audience and receive critical feedback. Mark discussed the results of his questionnaire survey, focusing on the appeal of online food hubs and how adoption of the innovation could be scaled up in the future.
Mark Wilson presented results from his survey of online food hub users at this event, which was attended by people directly involved in the provision of sustainably produced food and building alternative food networks. His talk focused on two themes: i) the relative appeal of online food hubs, comparing the perceptions of users and non-users, and ii) how buying from food hubs fits within broader food shopping behaviours. More information about the event can be found here.
What could urban public transport look like in the year 2045? Our future urban transport systems are likely to be influenced by different societal changes (including responding to climate change and an ageing population), and technological changes (including the growth of the sharing economy and the use of big data). This article explores four possible scenarios along two […]
Three themes were especially salient at the ORFC 2020: the criteria for allocating subsidies to farmers/land managers for providing public services such as flood prevention or enhancing biodiversity the land sharing vs land sparing debate and the implications of these approaches for how we produce our food a recognition of the climate crisis and the urgent need to reduce the carbon footprint of food and farming systems Much of the discussion centred on how to support farmers, on already narrow profit […]
Post written by Emilie Vrain. To reach net zero, rapid changes across society will be needed. A report published by UKERC provides insights into the level of disruption that could be required by various sectors. Extremely relevant to our SILCI project, the report highlights how heat, electricity, transport and construction may need to change to remain competitive and meet future carbon targets i.e. change their business models and operating practices or phase out core assets.
The ‘food miles’ debate has been going for over a decade. Most studies agree that the CO2 emissions related to food production are greater than those associated with transporting food. However, reducing transportation emissions remains an important element in decarbonising the food and agriculture sector. Two recent articles find very different results; Pérez-Neira and Grollmus-Venegas (2018) suggest that using peri-urban horticulture to produce food can reduce emissions by 24 to 66%, whereas Peano et al. (2018) find no significant difference between alternative food networks […]
Meal kits are becoming ever more popular. Companies such as HelloFresh or Mindful Chef offer consumers easy to cook, freshly prepared food without the fuss of planning meals or going to the shops. Two articles, Heard et al. (2019) and Fenton (2017), investigate the carbon intensity of meal kits and find they produce less CO2 emissions compared to the same meal bought from supermarkets. This is because the pre-portioned ingredients of meal kits reduce domestic food waste. However, Gee et al. (2019) suggest that meal kits may actually increase emissions because they use significantly more […]
In cities across the world, dockless electric scooters are becoming an ever-more common sight. These are often promoted as being an environmentally friendly way on travelling within a city, but this recent research paper by Joseph Hollingsworth and his colleagues finds that the truth behind these claims is more complicated. When taking into account the materials and […]
Ever wondered about the carbon footprint of the food you eat? Now you can easily find out with this informative BBC carbon footprint calculator. Give it a try! The calculator is based on this study by Poore and Nemececk which looks at how to reduce food’s environmental impact through the actions of producers and consumers.