Lincoln Food News

Feeding the Planet in a Changing Climate

This is the title of a talk given at Lincoln’s Café Scientifique on 10 March by Dan Magnone of the University of Lincoln’s School of Geography.

A brief summary is below.

Today there are seven billion people on Earth. We produce enough food to feed ten million. The scourge of global hunger is due to inequality not inability.

Such food production as we have is a remarkable achievement and due, in part, to the development of modern agriculture and our mastery of soil.

Critical to this has been the use of fertiliser. Yet a key component this – phosphate – is a finite and increasingly expensive resource.

In Europe, the large amounts applied during the latter half of the 20th Century mean that we can now produce large yields with relatively low application rates – due to “residual” phosphate (that which is left in the soil after harvest).

However, during the 21st Century Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to have the most rapid population growth and will require a similar agricultural revolution.

For many African countries this means a doubling of the proportion of income (GDP) spent of fertiliser in the next decade before reaching a more sustainable food future.

Dan Magnone is a senior lecturer at the University of Lincoln, researching and teaching on the geochemistry of water and soil.

pay-as-you-feel stall

Community gardening in Donington on Bain

A local farmer sets aside a field for community growing. A group of local residents get together to plan. A stall at the roadside offers fresh, organic, pay-as-you-feel veg to the community, and a local Foodbank distributes free, organic food to people who are facing food insecurity. The essence of this vision… “shared, organic produce,… Continue reading Community gardening in Donington on Bain

Veg advocates

Would you like to be a Veg Advocates for Lincolnshire? This is a really cool opportunity with our friends at the Food Foundation to help change our food system for the better. Join us for an online workshop on 24th November, 10am-12noon to find out more: More details on the Food Foundation website. Feel free… Continue reading Veg advocates

Half term food support

Where can children eat for free in Lincoln? A big thank you to businesses, foodbanks and volunteers around Lincoln who provided food support to children and families this half term. If you would like to ask government to extend provision in time for the Christmas holiday, Marcus Rashford’s petition (which is based on recommendations from… Continue reading Half term food support

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