consumption

Many start-ups in the US are focusing on producing lab-grown meat or what they call ‘‘cultured meat’’. They claim it is sustainable and hence good for the environment. Changing consumer preferences is one of the biggest challenges they need to overcome. But the start-ups say they are confident that they can change eating habits one bite at a time.
As we chart the history of nutrition over the decades it's clear that the cultural, societal and technological trends of the time have a huge impact on our perceptions about food. As a longstanding staple in our diet, dairy has been caught up in this and over the years it has been both lauded and demonised.
Murmurs trending that the online market site, Taobao, is supported by these quiet female shopaholics as a form of activism. Whether or not we're being too quick to place political idealization on a opportunistic convergence of the times, Taobao's wealthy owner Jack Ma is now worshipped as a deity.
We can't give up on the planet - it's the only one we will ever have. We need to keep trying. We need to persist in finding new ways of working and looking for solutions, and we need to shake off the psyche that we can't do anything to help - because the fact is, we can. We all can. And we need to achieve.
For instance if God were to launch a range for TopShop, would we not gather on Oxford Street in our thousands to catch a glimpse as we did for Kate Moss? Or if God were to leave behind a series of handcrafts, would almost half a million of us not shuffle through to marvel at them as we did for Alexander McQueen's Savage Beauty?
We get through clothes on a monumental scale, with four times as many of them in our wardrobes compared to 1980, prices rapidly dropping to meet cheap greed, and over 80billion garments now produced each year.
Despite the horrors of conflicts like those in the Middle East and central Africa, or the outbreak of diseases like Ebola, we have made immense progress in building a safer, freer, more prosperous world. But it isn't yet a fair one, and not everyone has the opportunity to thrive.
We have computers at home, at the office, and in our pockets, and with them we create, exchange, and process data almost non-stop. The result is that there is an awful lot of data in the world.
One of the key questions academics face with this agenda is whether there are limits we will have to heed with urbanisation. Or in other words, can the expansion of cities be a linear scaling driven by the number its inhabitants.
So many of us strive so hard for material success that you might think there was a clear relationship between wealth and well-being. From school onwards, we're taught that long term well-being stems from achievement and economic prosperity - from 'getting on' or 'making it', accumulating more and more wealth, achievement and success.