The task of ensuring affordable access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food for all is one of the major challenges of the 21st century.

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Harnessing tomato jumping genes could help speed-breed drought-resistant crops

16 September 2019

Once dismissed as ‘junk DNA’ that served no purpose, a family of ‘jumping genes’ found in tomatoes has the potential to accelerate crop breeding...

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Removing beef and lamb from menu dramatically reduces food-related carbon emissions at Cambridge University

10 September 2019

A Sustainable Food Policy at the University of Cambridge, which includes removing beef and lamb from the menu and promoting plant-based food...

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The £2 billion vegetable and the agricultural future of the East

15 March 2019

From crop science to robotics, supply chains to economics, Cambridge University researchers are working with farmers and industry to sustainably...

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Removing sweets and crisps from supermarket checkouts linked to dramatic fall in unhealthy snack purchases

18 December 2018

Policies aimed at removing sweets and crisps from checkouts could lead to a dramatic reduction in the amount of unhealthy food purchased to eat ‘...

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“With this vial, we could potentially feed the entire planet”

08 November 2018

Would you eat a burger that had been grown in a lab? It may not be long before this is a choice at your local supermarket. Given the environmental...

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‘High-yield’ farming costs the environment less than previously thought – and could help spare habitats

14 September 2018

New findings suggest that more intensive agriculture might be the “least bad” option for feeding the world while saving its species – provided use...

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Maggots and rotting food waste: a new recipe for sustainable fish and animal feed

31 July 2018

In a warehouse to the northeast of Cambridge are shelves upon shelves of trays teeming with maggots, munching their way through a meal of rotting...

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Cambridge and four other universities form agritech partnership

10 April 2018

Five leading universities, including the University of Cambridge, have formed a partnership to develop and commercialise agritech research, in...

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Cambridge and Indian partners launch collaboration to transform India’s "Green Revolution”

22 February 2018

Researchers met in New Delhi today to formalise the launch of a programme that aims to jointly address some of India’s most pressing food security...

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