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Who Pays the Price of Food Inflation?
Article Human Stories

Who Pays the Price of Food Inflation?

Aran Shaunak

I don’t need to tell you that we’re in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis. The food…

Managing Our Oceans: A Small-Scale Approach
Article History & Culture

Managing Our Oceans: A Small-Scale Approach

Jessica Tengvall

In order to sustainably manage many of our large scale fisheries, we need data, scientists to…

Is Organic Food Really Better?
Article The Future

Is Organic Food Really Better?

Silvia Lazzaris

We’re going organic. But it’s no silver bullet.

Desertification: The Vicious Cycle Between Land Degradation and Climate Change
Article The Future

Desertification: The Vicious Cycle Between Land Degradation and Climate Change

Inés Oort Alonso

Although it’s commonly misperceived as a natural expansion of deserts, desertification of once…

The Price of Saffron
Article Inside Our Food

The Price of Saffron

Claudia Lee

As the most expensive spice in the world, saffron is an extremely lucrative product. With limited…

Cheap Seafood | The Social Cost of Production
Article The Future

Cheap Seafood | The Social Cost of Production

Madhura Rao

Many workers employed onboard offshore fishing vessels have been subjected to unsafe working…

Pollinating Orchards By Hand | Lessons From Sichuan, China
Article History & Culture

Pollinating Orchards By Hand | Lessons From Sichuan, China

Molly Melvin

Bees and other pollinators play an invaluable role on our planet – from being an integral part…

The Ethics of Foie Gras
Article Inside Our Food

The Ethics of Foie Gras

Claudia Lee

A symbol of "haute cuisine", the story of foie gras began millennia ago in Ancient Egypt. Produced…

How Ethical Is Our European-Grown Produce?
Article Cost of Production

How Ethical Is Our European-Grown Produce?

Inés Oort Alonso

Our supermarkets are brimming with Spanish produce: green beans, strawberries, aubergines,…

The Environmental Impacts of Greenhouse Agriculture in Almería, Spain
Article History & Culture

The Environmental Impacts of Greenhouse Agriculture in Almería, Spain

Inés Oort Alonso

If you look at a satellite image of Spain, you will observe a white dot in the South East of the…

How A Pig Farmer Became An Organic Farmer | Portrait in Germany
Article Human Stories

How A Pig Farmer Became An Organic Farmer | Portrait in Germany

Ute von der Lieth, Michael Reber

Until the end of 2019, 12.9% of all agricultural businesses in Germany had farmed their land…

Unsustainable Fishing: The Situation in The Mediterranean
Article The Future

Unsustainable Fishing: The Situation in The Mediterranean

Silvia Lazzaris

Almost all fishing is unsustainable, and the only way out is to stop eating fish - these are the…

How Fairtrade Impacts the West African Cocoa Industry | Ask the Expert
Article Human Stories

How Fairtrade Impacts the West African Cocoa Industry | Ask the Expert

Marieke van Schoonhoven

Cocoa farmers are terribly underpaid in West Africa. The majority of farmers in Ghana and Côte…

Fairtrade Certification | How Does Fairtrade Work?
Article Human Stories

Fairtrade Certification | How Does Fairtrade Work?

Jane Alice Liu

In low-income regions, small-scale agriculture is the biggest source of income, job security and…

Carbon Tax on Food
Article The Future

Carbon Tax on Food

Lottie Bingham

Until recently, the vast majority of action targeted towards minimising climate change has focused…

What is the True Cost of Milk Production?
Article The Future

What is the True Cost of Milk Production?

Katharina Kropshofer

Milk has been harvested for more than 11,000 years, when shepherds in the Middle East started to…

What is the “True Cost” of Food?
Article Cost of Production

What is the “True Cost” of Food?

Marieke van Schoonhoven

Climate change, obesity, child labour, plastic pollution, and so on: these are all food-related…

Milk Production | What Really Drives the Price of Milk?
Article The Future

Milk Production | What Really Drives the Price of Milk?

Katharina Kropshofer

More milk, fewer farmers and a sinking demand - discover why has the price of milk been falling, and…

Black Tea: The Social Cost of Assam Tea
Article Human Stories

Black Tea: The Social Cost of Assam Tea

Madhura Rao

Its deep, malty flavour makes it popular among tea connoisseurs around the world. Its status as an…

Vanilla Beans: The Cost of Production
Article Human Stories

Vanilla Beans: The Cost of Production

Samanta Oon

Vanilla is one of the most volatile spices on the global market, and as prices fluctuate between…

Is Soy Bad for the Environment?
Article Earth First

Is Soy Bad for the Environment?

Molly Melvin

Is soy bad for the environment? Produced on a colossal international scale, soy has a huge…

What is the Real Environmental Impact of Beef Production?
Article Cost of Production

What is the Real Environmental Impact of Beef Production?

Silvia Lazzaris

We've all heard that meat (and beef production in particular) is bad for the environment. But it's…

Tomatoes in Italy: The Social Cost of Production
Article Human Stories

Tomatoes in Italy: The Social Cost of Production

Silvia Lazzaris

Tomatoes are a staple ingredient in many homes across Europe, but the story of how they reach your…

Problems With Palm Oil | Cost of Production
Article History & Culture

Problems With Palm Oil | Cost of Production

Madhura Rao

When the food industry started using palm oil on a large scale in the 1990s, it was meant to be a…

Cashew Nuts: The Hidden Cost of Production
Article Human Stories

Cashew Nuts: The Hidden Cost of Production

Molly Melvin

Alongside the dramatic rise in health-conscious and vegan diets, cashew nuts are fast becoming the…

Battery Farms | The Story Behind Your Eggs
Article History & Culture

Battery Farms | The Story Behind Your Eggs

Annabel Slater

Take a close look next time you take a box of eggs from the supermarket shelf. Do you know where or…

Avocado: The Cost of Production
Article Earth First

Avocado: The Cost of Production

Silvia Lazzaris

During my first year of university, I went to the supermarket to buy an avocado and (it’s with…

Water Footprint of Food
Article Cost of Production

Water Footprint of Food

Lottie Bingham

All foods have a water footprint. How big this footprint is, however, differs drastically depending…

The Brazil Nut | The Cost of Production
Article Earth First

The Brazil Nut | The Cost of Production

Molly Melvin

If you’ve seen the catastrophic fires blazing through the Amazon rainforest, like me,…

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