The Oxford Martin Programme on
The Future of Food
A significant overhaul of the current global food system is needed to meet the challenges of feeding a growing world population in a healthy, equitable, sustainable and resilient way.
The future of food programme links together research on the food system at Oxford and facilitates solution-orientated research to address these major concerns. The research includes scientific, economic, social and environmental issues of food production and consumption, as well as how food affects health, sustainability and economic development.
By integrating existing research, supporting new interdisciplinary initiatives, and facilitating interactions between academia, government, civil society and the private sector, we provide fresh insights and propose effective action to address the challenges of feeding the global population.
Livestock, Environment and People (LEAP)
The global average consumption of meat and dairy is rising, driven by increasing incomes and population growth. The growing demand for meat matters as its consumption has significant effects on people’s health and livestock production can have major environmental impacts.
The LEAP programme aims to understand the health, environmental, social and economic effects of meat and dairy consumption to provide evidence and tools for decision makers to promote healthy and sustainable diets.Visit the LEAP Website
Food in the Anthropocene
Long Read - May 2019
There is an urgent need to find answers to the question of how to feed the world’s population - projected to reach 10 billion by 2050 - in a healthy and sustainable way. From fundamental changes to farming methods to the potential of alternative protein sources, Oxford Martin School academics are working to secure solutions for both people and planet.Read
Veganuary: LEAP researchers give their verdict
Researchers from the LEAP (Livestock, Environment and People) project, based at the Oxford Martin School, have lent their expertise to an experiment by journalists at the New Scientist, who wanted to see first-hand whether a short period without eating animal products could benefit personal health and that of the planet.
Five things we learned from Oxford Martin School research in 2019
Eating more fruits, vegetables, nuts and wholegrains is a win-win for health and the environment
New analysis by researchers from the University of Oxford and the University of Minnesota, published today in the journal PNAS, has identified a range of ‘win-win’ foods that both improve human health and have a low impact on the environment.
Vegetarian and pescetarian diets linked to lower risk of coronary heart disease, says study
Vegetarian (including vegan) and pescetarian diets may be linked to a lower risk of coronary heart disease, or CHD for short, than diets that include meat, suggest the findings of a large UK study published in The BMJ today.
Director, Oxford Martin School
Professor of Diet and Population Health
Senior Researcher in Population Health
Professor of Population Health
Food Climate Research Network Leader
Postdoctoral Researcher in Geography
Clore Professor of Gerontology
Risks of ischaemic heart disease and stroke in meat eaters, fish eaters, and vegetarians over 18 years of follow-up: results from the prospective EPIC-Oxford study
Making Sense of Making Meat: Key Moments in the First 20 Years of Tissue Engineering Muscle to Make Food
EAT-Lancet score and major health outcomes: the EPIC-Oxford study
Managing nitrogen to restore water quality in China
Vegetarian diets and risk of hospitalisation or death with diabetes in British adults: results from the EPIC-Oxford study
Framing the future of food: The contested promises of alternative proteins