Sustainable Agriculture

Green Meets Brown: The Many Colours of a Food Revolution

Professor Sir Gordon Conway | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
Professor Sir Gordon Conway

The Green Revolution is criticised for promoting excessive use of fertilisers that can run into waterways and even lead to over-salinisation of farmland and loss of biodiversity.

Could African Farmers Teach Us How to Stop the UK Floods Returning?

Guy Watson | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK
Guy Watson

Back in the UK one could blame the farmers but the real culprit is our government and their ideology of scrapping environmental regulations in the absurd belief that a free market will hold back the waters. Whether through corruption, ideological dogma or an obsession with self-serving headlines rather than finding lasting solutions, both governments fail their people.

Britain's Economic Bubble Re-Inflated

Colin Tudge | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK
Colin Tudge

Britain's economy is recovering, we're told. More people in Britain are now in work than ever before. We have "growth". Whoopee! Why then do I (and just about everyone else I know) feel such disquiet?

A Tale of Two Conferences

Colin Tudge | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK
Colin Tudge

One city (Oxford). Two conferences on opposite sides of the road, both on agriculture - yet with two quite different world views. The Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) for the past 60-plus years has presented the Establishment view...

The Road From Hollywood to Uganda Is Paved With Chia

Nicholas Rutherford | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nicholas Rutherford

As we mark World Food Day, it would seem that not many things express the gap between how the world's rich and poor view food quite as well as Chia seeds.

The Great Food Waste Scandal

Philip Lymbery | Posted 15.12.2013 | UK
Philip Lymbery

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation has declared today World Food Day and this year is concentrating on the issue of "healthy food systems". This focus comes as governments and international institutions are casting around for solutions to feeding the ever-growing world population...

Open Letter to the G8 Leaders: You Can't Feed the World on Animals

Jasmijn de Boo | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK Politics
Jasmijn de Boo

We call on the UK Government to show leadership by recognising and acting upon the environmental, health and food security benefits of a move away from animal farming. With the CAP reform looming and many farmers ('dairy' farmers in particular) struggling to make ends meet, action plans should be developed for people wishing to switch from animal farming

Small Scale, Big Impact: How to Improve Nutrition Through Small Scale Agriculture

Larissa Pelham | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK
Larissa Pelham

Small scale farming in Africa and Asia - that is, farming small plots of land of up to two hectares and typically much less - provides 80% of the food for the market places and households across these continents. And women produce 60-80% of the food in developing countries.

Food Waste and Hunger Side by Side, Scandalous

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK
Adnan Al-Daini

In the industrialized west we need only a change in the way we think about food to reduce appreciably the waste.

Putting Money Where Hungry Mouths Need It

Raconteur Media | Posted 25.05.2013 | UK
Raconteur Media

With rising populations creating more mouths to feed, newly affluent citizens in developing countries hungry for meat and other resource-intensive foods, growing global water stress and changes in climate, agricultural supply chains are facing unprecedented pressure.

Rising Food Prices? Time to Create More 'Resilient' Food Systems Worldwide

Dr Julia Wright | Posted 16.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Julia Wright

Last week's prediction that food prices will rise after poor UK harvests due to the recent wet weather has set the alarm bells ringing amongst the general public at a time when finances for many families are already stretched to the limit.

Blood Fish: Why Prawns Should be Blacklisted From All our Shopping Baskets

Andrew Wasley | Posted 21.09.2012 | UK
Andrew Wasley

As many as 250,000 Burmese migrants work within the Thai fishing industry. Investigators found evidence that some of those working onboard fishing vessels operating in the Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea suffer brutal exploitation during long periods at sea, enduring cramped - and potentially dangerous - working and living conditions.

Robert's Daily Dairy Routine

Dan Griffin | Posted 30.09.2012 | UK
Dan Griffin

The moon still casts a silver glow over Legetio when Robert Ndeno gets up to milk the cows. Every morning at 6 am the 24-year-old 'shamba boy' makes his way across the dew-soaked grass to the small wooden hut.

How Agroecology Can Support Food Security

Dr Julia Wright | Posted 15.07.2012 | UK Politics
Dr Julia Wright

We need to acknowledge that food security is not just a third world problem. Food prices rose by 4.6% between March 2011 and March 2012. However, as most of us are able to afford to eat well, this fuels a perception that food security is not a problem in the UK. The key issue actually lies in how food security is interconnected with other serious issues.

Striving for Global Food Security Management

Dr. James Bennett | Posted 15.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Dr. James Bennett

Food security is of critical concern globally and the development of food systems that can provide food of adequate quantity, and quality, in a sustainable way is now a research and policy priority.

Fairtrade Cambridge: Coffee, Rugs and Ethical Wedding Rings

Graeme Keeton | Posted 02.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Graeme Keeton

When you think of Holland, you probably think, too, of windmills, clog dancing and cheese. The tourism board knows it, for sure, but one association that you have probably never made, is that of the Dutch and the Fairtrade movement.

Investing for the Future With Home Grown School Feeding

Professor Sir Gordon Conway | Posted 08.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Professor Sir Gordon Conway

Child undernutrition is a critical barrier to economic development: impaired cognitive function leads to reduced educational performance and lower economic productivity.