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Global food systems at COP28, & advances in sustainability research in FSTA

Nourishing Sustainability: Insights from COP28 on Food Systems Research

In the ever-evolving landscape of global food systems, the recent COP28 conference themes highlighted the importance of research aimed at fostering sustainability and resilience. FSTA plays a crucial role in sharing pivotal discoveries that have the potential to influence the future of food production, distribution, and consumption. Recognizing the immense significance of this topic, we have curated a collection of FSTA records specifically focused on sustainability. A freely accessible version covering the latest six months of records is available for research purposes.

A Glimpse into COP28 

COP28, a crucial gathering of minds focused on environmental issues, delved into the intricacies of food systems and their impact on sustainability.  

At the heart of COP28's discussions was the urgent need to bridge the gap between burgeoning global populations and the finite resources required to feed them… 

Sustainable Agriculture: A Cornerstone 

One of the focal points of COP28 was sustainable agriculture. Researchers presented innovative solutions aimed at minimizing environmental impact, optimizing resource utilization, and fostering biodiversity. In FSTA and our Sustainability Collection, recent studies explore regenerative farming practices, precision agriculture, and the integration of technology to enhance the efficiency of food production while minimizing ecological footprints.

Spotlighting a related FSTA record:

Rediscovering the ecology and indigenous knowledge of cacao forest gardens and chocolate.
Sacco, M.
Dissertation Abstracts International, A (2023) 84-12 29997428, 374pp

Circular Economy in Food Production 

The concept of a circular economy gained significant traction at COP28, emphasizing the importance of reducing waste and promoting the reuse and recycling of resources in the food production cycle. FSTA contains groundbreaking research on circular supply chains, zero-waste initiatives, and sustainable packaging solutions that promise to revolutionize how we view and manage food-related waste. 

Spotlighting a related FSTA record:

Blockchain in the agrifood sector: From storytelling to traceability fact-checking up to new economic models.
Francesco Rampone; Fabio Lecca; Paolo Giolito; Massimo Romano
Economia Agro-alimentare/Food Economy (2023) 25 (2) 97–114.

Food Technology for a Sustainable Future 

The marriage of technology and food production took centre stage at COP28, and FSTA spotlights research on the role of artificial intelligence, blockchain, and precision technologies in enhancing the sustainability of food systems. From farm to table, these technological advancements offer the promise of greater transparency, traceability, and efficiency in the food supply chain. 

Spotlighting a related FSTA record:

Impact of Revenue Generated via Composting and Recycling of Wastes Produced in the Greenhouse Tomato Supply Chain on Reducing Income Inequality: A Case Study of Turkiye.
Hatice Türkten
Sustainability (2023) 15 (18) 
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Shaping Policy: The Science of Food Impact 

COP28 discussions underscored the need for evidence-based decision-making in crafting policies that support sustainable food systems. FSTA’s role in disseminating research findings to policymakers ensures that science guides the development of strategies aimed at addressing global food challenges.

Spotlighting a related FSTA record:

Opportunities to strengthen trade policy for food and nutrition security: an analysis of two agricultural trade policy decisions.
Johnson, E.; Thow, A. M.; Nisbett, N.
Food Security (2023) 15 (4) 1109–1125.
DOI: 10.1007/s12571-023-01377-1

Conclusion: A Call to Action 

As we navigate the complexities of a rapidly changing world, the insights shared at COP28 through serve as a call to action. The imperative to build resilient, sustainable food systems requires a collaborative effort from researchers, policymakers, and the broader public.By leveraging the wealth of knowledge disseminated through authoritative platforms like FSTA, we can collectively pave the way for a more sustainable and nourishing future for all.

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1. COP28 Agreement Signals “Beginning of the End” of the Fossil Fuel Era

2. Your Quick Guide To The Outcomes Of COP28, Forbes


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