UPCOMING LIVESTREAM: 'Biodiversity & food: challenges and opportunities to “win more and lose less"' with Prof Tom Tomich (11/10)

Date: 10 November 2022, 9am PST / 5:00pm GMT

Oxford Food Systems

'Biodiversity & food: challenges and opportunities to “win more and lose less"'

Food and agricultural production account for a huge share of land use and land cover change on our planet, with a long, well-established legacy of detrimental effects on biological diversity. And yet, although less diverse than corresponding “natural” systems, these working agricultural landscapes also can provide important habitat values and other ecosystem functions. 

Professor Tom Tomich, Founder of the Food Systems Lab & Distinguished Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy, UC Davis and Professor Yadvinder Malhi, Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Biodiversity and Society, University of Oxford. 

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    Collection publications, to date:

    "PestOn: An Ontology to Make Pesticides Information Easily Accessible and Interoperable" (May 2022)

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    The Food Systems Lab (FSL) , directed by Dr. Thomas P. Tomich and housed in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, has grown from our group's roots in sustainable sourcing and regional landscape assessment into a program on developing and improving the information management aspects of food system sustainability, in addition to continuing our core research areas. The primary focus of this cross-cutting informatics work is to improve how sustainability can be defined, measured, and operationalized by improving information management and connectivity among complex webs of challenges, data, and actors. 

    Our work has four focus areas:

    1. Food supply chains
    2. Working landscapes
    3. Data curation, analytics, and visualization
    4. Community engagement and policy analysis.