October 2016 Newsletter

1st October, 2016


The future of food systems,
supply chains & landscapes

Quarterly news and opinion from 3Keel LLP

Edition highlights: Food Systems course launched  // Framing Food Security // Cardiff Landscapes event // Water risk workshop // Retail sustainability tookit

3Keel Food Systems course launched

Building on the success of running sustainability training events for clients including Tesco, we are excited to announce that our first Food Systems Thinking Course will be taking place on Wednesday 11th January at The Jam Factory in Oxford. The interactive business-focused workshop will breakdown the main components of the food system, including major agricultural supply chains, priority risk areas and hotspots for social and environmental impacts. The workshop sessions will be tailored to meet the needs of participants and will be delivered in a way that encourages discussion. Read more about the course and sign up via the training page on our website.


Food security - Putting biodiversity into the frame

Ensuring citizens are sufficiently fed has been a key concern of governments and rulers since ancient times. However, due to a series of global and regional food shocks over the past 50 years – including two in the past decade – international efforts to eradicate hunger have ignited global interest in the concept of ‘food security’. This simple two-word phrase is now central to most government, business and NGO reports and policies addressing the future of food production and consumption. Partner Richard Sheane explores how food security is framed by different stakeholders, and where biodiversity fits in. (Read more) 

Interesting research, data and more ...


Meat is back on the menu? Meat consumption in the US increased by 5% in 2015, according to a new report - the biggest increase since the 1970s due to the falling cost of meat production.

First commercial seawater-supplied produce farm launched. Seawater is piped to Sundrop farm and treated by a solar-powered desalination plant, to grow tomatoes without the need for soil, pesticides or fossil fuels.

Cereal killers? Climate change could wipe out the wild relatives of cereal crops by 2070, a new study predicts. Grasses are unlikely to be able to adapt fast enough to deal with new climatic niches.

Entomophagy. Research suggests that edible insects must not only overcome ‘the yuck factor’ to become established in Western diets, but more mundane factors such as taste, price and availability will be equally important.

3Keel news in brief

Sustainable Landscapes event

Thirty-five businesses, NGOs, policymakers and researchers attended our second landscape-event - this time held in Cardiff. The day included presentations from Nestlé and The Jordans Dorset & Ryvita Company on the business case for landscape collaboration. A report will be published at Landscape.Network soon.

3Keel joins Cool Farm Alliance

3Keel has joined the Cool Farm Alliance, to support food and drink businesses to roll-out the Cool Farm Tool in their supply chains. We expect there will be a growing demand for activity in this area as businesses respond to the need to deliver climate smart agriculture. Visit www.coolfarmtool.org to learn more about the tool.

Tackling global water risk

The Natural Environment Research Council, WWF-UK, Marks & Spencer and WaterAid recently attended a one-day workshop run by 3Keel. The event aimed to improve the understanding of global freshwater systems and support the mitigation of water risks to global supply chains, communities & ecosystems. Read more here.

Sustainable retail toolkit for investors

3Keel worked with the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development to develop a toolkit for their bankers to quickly identify the environmental, social and governance performance of their clients. Our outputs helped the bank develop prioritised sustainability action plans. Read more about the work on our website.

Oxfam's approach to Resilience in Asia

3Keel has been working with Oxfam to develop an overarching approach to resilience in Asia. The strategy aims to support vulnerable communities against disasters, whilst ensuring they can make the most of new opportunities. Read more about the practical resilience toolkit we developed for staff on the ground.

3Keel sustainability update

Our first sustainability report is online now. The report reviews our environmental impact over the last year, as well as the ways in which we have worked with organisations in our local community, including FarmAbility. Read the report to learn more about our commitments and progress.

Sam joins 3Keel for internship

3Keel is pleased to welcome its newest team member. Sam Royston will be interning with 3Keel over the next three months. She graduated this year from Oxford University with a BA in Biological Sciences. Read her first blog about her background and interests here.

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