Welcome to Foodsource

Foodsource exists to support those teaching, learning and communicating about food systems and sustainability. It provides access to clear, accurate, agenda-free knowledge.

We believe that improving food systems literacy is vital for addressing global challenges, and that common understanding promotes collective and effective action – across disciplines, sectors, and society.

Foodsource is an open and expanding resource, led by the Food Climate Research Network (FCRN) at Oxford University, and developed in collaboration with our partners and supporters.

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How food gets to our plates and what happens afterwards, connects many issues of concern, including health, biodiversity, climate change, livelihoods, and more.

Food systems use large amounts of natural resources and have significant environmental impacts; so what can we do to make them more sustainable?

Emissions resulting from the many activities involved in food systems, account for a substantial portion of all human-caused greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and, as such, contribute to climate change.

It is an internationally agreed objective to cut human-caused greenhouse gas emissions to zero this century, to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

Food systems interact with, and affect, the environment in a great many ways beyond their greenhouse gas emissions.

Food systems are central to human well-being. We rely on them for nourishment, employment, livelihoods, culture and more. Reliable access to sufficient food is a foundation of human health, and of social and political stability.

Today, billions are malnourished: not eating a diet containing energy and nutrients in healthy amounts. Both lack of food and excess of consumption cause huge levels of disease worldwide.

A central topic of most debates on sustainable food systems is the complex role of livestock, meat and dairy.

The environmental and nutritional attributes of different food types can vary greatly.

Eating patterns (or diets) are an important point of interconnection in food systems between human health and wider environmental impacts. Shifts in how people consume towards sustainable health eating patterns can bring multiple benefits.