Modern food production systems have long been thought of as essentially detrimental to biodiversity. Although the last twenty or so years have seen an increasing number of policy measures and instruments to reduce biodiversity loss in agricultural areas biodiversity is largely conceived as an 'externality' to the process of food production, albeit a positive externality, which responds to societal demands. Increasingly, where food comes from is becoming important as a means of regaining consumer trust. Food that comes from identifiable natural areas is often perceived to be more trustworthy and of better quality than anonymous industrialised produce. In countries such as France and Italy, the specific natural qualities of individual ‘terroirs’ define not only the agronomic conditions of production but also, and crucially, the distinctive taste and consumption experience associated with the product. By examining selected examples of specific food production chains that fully integrate biodiversity as an explicit means of generating distinctiveness and adding value, this research offers an inter-disciplinary perspective by positioning biodiversity and environmental quality as an integral 'input' to, and component of, food quality. The research is investigating through the combining of social and natural science, the extent to which environmental distinctiveness and quality (specifically the biodiversity of grasslands) in UK food production sites can be actively ‘valorised’ through the food product chain to ensure the protection, maintenance and enhancement of that natural distinctiveness and quality but also to achieve similarly distinctive quality food products and the socio-economic benefits for producers and rural communities that might accrue from their production



On the alternativeness of alternative food networks : sustainability and the co-production of social and ecological wealth

Author: Owain Jones Date: 01 January 2010 Book chapter

Eating biodiversity : an investigation of the links between quality food production and biodiversity protection

Author: A. Liddon Date: 20 August 2009 Other publication/report

Can we change the way producers add value to their products

Author: H. Buller Date: 01 July 2009 Conference paper/presentation

The links between quality food production and biodiversity protection

Author: H. Buller Date: 01 July 2009 Conference paper/presentation

Overview of integrated food chain research : where are we now?

Author: H. Buller Date: 01 July 2009 Conference paper/presentation

Food commodities, geographical knowledges and the reconnection of production and consumption : the case of naturally embedded food products

Author: Carol Morris Date: 01 January 2009 Journal article

The lively process of interdisciplinarity

Author: Henry Buller Date: 01 January 2009 Journal article

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Effect of pasture type on lamb product quality

Author: Frances Whittington Date: 03 November 2008 Conference paper/presentation

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Adding value in pasture based systems : reflections on Britain and France

Author: Henry Buller Date: 03 November 2008 Conference paper/presentation

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Full research report

Author: Henry Buller Date: 18 January 2008 Full research report

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Non-technical summary

Author: Henry Buller Date: 18 January 2008 Research summary

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Eating biodiversity : an investigation into the links between quality food production and biodiversity protection

Author: Henry Buller Date: 03 March 2007 Pamphlet

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Eating biodiversity : an investigation of the links between quality food production and biodiversity protection

Author: Henry Buller Date: 03 March 2007 Pamphlet

Can biological diversity act as an input into sustainable rural development? : a case-study using salt marsh-raised lamb

Author: R.M. Dunn Date: 01 January 2007 Book chapter

Quality of meat from biodiverse grassland

Author: J.D. Wood Date: 01 January 2007 Book chapter

Grassland for agriculture and nature conservation: production, quality and multi-functionality

Author: A. Hopkins Date: 01 January 2006 Journal article

Farm scale investigations of the links between pasture diversity and quality food production

Author: Robert Dunn Date: 02 August 2005 Other output

Eating biodiversity : Investigating the links between grass biodiversity and quality food production

Author: Alan Hopkins Date: 01 January 2005 Conference paper/presentation

Start date
01 January 2005
End date
29 September 2007
Grant holder
Professor Henry Buller
Co-applicants
Dr Carol Morris
Dr James Kirwan
Professor Jeffrey Wood
Dr Alan Hopkins
Grant amount
£376,049.93
Grant reference
RES-224-25-0041
Discipline
Interdisciplinary Studies
Grant type