Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Systems

Blogs

Find out more about the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Systems in a series of blogs from our staff and students.

Feeding the future at Glastonbury

PhD student Kirsty Blair reflects on her team’s experience taking part in the Futures area of Glastonbury Festival 2024.

Analysing the costs and income of deer stalking in Scotland

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Student dissertation surveys the financial challenges of deer hunting, highlighting implications for policy.

Soil carbon model could aid in climate change mitigation

A model to support carbon farming schemes was recently presented to world-leading agricultural experts, encouraging sustainable soil management.

Targeted plan supports soil potassium management

Experts suggest steps to address potassium deficiency challenges, increase food security and support sustainable agriculture.

Short courses foster data skills for societal challenges

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Online courses upskill professionals to apply data to problems affecting the health of populations and the planet.

Behind the environmental impacts of pet foods

Dr Peter Alexander and Professor Dominic Moran reflect on the impact of pet food on greenhouse gas emissions in the September 2023 issue of PETS International magazine.

Data course brings benefits to livestock farmers 

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Cynthia Naydani outlines how a new short course can help participants learn to use data to improve farm animal wellbeing. 

Data, genetics, and aquaculture at the Royal Highland Show 

Dr Smaragda Tsairidou gives a talk to members of the public at the Royal Highland Show.
Dr Smaragda Tsairidou, Lecturer in Data-Driven Innovation and Genetics, outlines aquaculture research presented in a talk to a public audience. 

Joint PhD fellowship supports food policy research 

Alexander Vonderschmidt smiles in the offices of the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Systems.
Tandem postgraduate programme benefits collaboration on sustainable healthy food goals in Scotland and Germany. 

Exploring the research life cycle in Agri-EPI internship

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A student’s placement within an agri-tech innovation centre Agri-EPI leads to newfound interests and motivations.

Community sessions support sustainable farming in Chile

Research expertise supports efforts to establish agro-ecology among local farming families.

Bridging policy and technology with the Good Food Nation

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Work placement within the Scottish Government helps undergraduate student gain valuable skills and connections.

Investigating the human costs of contemporary GM corporations

An essay on ethical questions raised by the science fiction film Soylent Green, by PhD researcher Alexandra Sadler.

Early career researchers swap perspectives in seminars

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Weekly platform supports idea-sharing across disciplines among diverse student cohort.

Appetite for kelp work leads to African adventure

Undergraduate student’s contact with pilot farm leads to environmental monitoring experience in Namibia.

Developments in livestock breeding aid food security

Sustainable breeding programmes combined with new breeding tools will continue to contribute significantly to food security and sustainability, writes Professor Geoff Simm.

Modelling to support climate-friendly cattle

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Researchers are developing bio-economic models to help governments and companies understand the cost-effectiveness of measures to reduce the environmental impact of beef production. By Monica Hoyos-Flight.

Could livestock Cop it in Glasgow?

It is time for definitive action to limit greenhouse gas emissions relating to our diets, says Professor Dominic Moran.

Novel approaches support future food systems

Developments in circular food production systems could aid efforts to meet UN Sustainable Development Goals, says Dr Simon Fraval.

Parasite insight could curb infections and limit waste

Man with cattle on an unpaved road surrounded by trees.
Connecting food safety and efficiency – Matthys Uys, MSc Food Safety student, shows how the fight against a worm can reduce waste where it is most needed.