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Has the “Mediterranean Diet” Ever Existed?
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Has the “Mediterranean Diet” Ever Existed?

Silvia Lazzaris, Inés Oort Alonso

Many of us believe we understand what the Mediterranean diet entails, and perhaps some of us even…

Why Half a Billion Tonnes of Food Never Reaches Our Plate
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Why Half a Billion Tonnes of Food Never Reaches Our Plate

Lauren Lewis

Around 560 million tonnes of food produced every year never gets sold. Discover how we lose so much…

Could Invasive Species be the Future of Sustainable Dining?
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Could Invasive Species be the Future of Sustainable Dining?

Benedetta Gori

While the rapid expansion of invasive species is challenging ecological balance, an emerging…

Can Big Companies Really Go Regenerative?
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Can Big Companies Really Go Regenerative?

Rachel Bailleau

Some of the largest agrifood companies claim to be transitioning to regenerative agriculture. Should…

The Hidden Cost of Eating Shrimp
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The Hidden Cost of Eating Shrimp

Maria Pinto

Shrimp dishes have become a staple food in many households and restaurants around the world, leading…

Building a Future with Crops From the Past
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Building a Future with Crops From the Past

Benedetta Gori

Beyond the familiar fields of wheat, rice, and maize lies a forgotten realm of diverse crops that…

Lost Wonders of a Waterless Wetland
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Lost Wonders of a Waterless Wetland

Andrei Mihail

When you picture a swamp, food is probably the last thing that springs to mind. But wetlands play a…

No Dig’ Gardening: A Quiet Revolution
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No Dig’ Gardening: A Quiet Revolution

Sarah Wyndham Lewis

It has long been thought that soil must be physically dug to create a finer texture, amalgamate…

Animal Agriculture | Is it All Bad?
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Animal Agriculture | Is it All Bad?

Rachel Bailleau

Animal agriculture is a leading driver of ecological destruction. But what if it’s not all bad?…

Shared Ground | Renewables and Farming on Limited Land
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Shared Ground | Renewables and Farming on Limited Land

Toon Lambrechts

The shift towards renewables requires space to build windmills and solar parks. Land is scarce and…

Is Climate Change Making Our Food Less Nutritious?
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Is Climate Change Making Our Food Less Nutritious?

Lauren Lewis

Recent studies suggest that climate change could be reducing the nutrient content of certain crops.…

Farming Seaweed Around The World | A Visual Essay
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Farming Seaweed Around The World | A Visual Essay

Eloise Adler

In a world where a growing population and a changing climate is putting pressure on both our land…

Why Producing More Food Doesn’t Mean Less Hunger
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Why Producing More Food Doesn’t Mean Less Hunger

Lauren Lewis

Our population hit the 8 billion mark in November 2022 and is projected to top 10 billion by 2050.…

2023 is The International ‘Year of Millets’ | Here’s Why They Matter For Global Food Security
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2023 is The International ‘Year of Millets’ | Here’s Why They Matter For Global Food Security

Sanket Jain

Indigenous millets are a nutritious and climate-resilient crop. But in India, their production is…

Farming Microalgae | Ask The Expert
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Farming Microalgae | Ask The Expert

Ute von der Lieth, Jörg Ullmann

Have you ever tried a green-blue smoothie? Eaten green bread or blue gummy bears? Then you're…

Chemical Fertilisers are Feeding the World - But at What Cost?
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Chemical Fertilisers are Feeding the World - But at What Cost?

Rachel Bailleau

Thanks to synthetic fertilisers, we produce more than enough calories to feed 8 billion people. But…

Microplastic in Our Food
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Microplastic in Our Food

Madhura Rao

From packaging material to disposable cutlery, today’s food system is no stranger to plastic. In…

What Will We See in Farms of the Future?
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What Will We See in Farms of the Future?

Claudia Lee

With agriculture accounting for almost one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions, the impacts of…

Cocoa, Coffee, and Cocaine: A Bitter-Sweet Future for Farmers in Colombia
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Cocoa, Coffee, and Cocaine: A Bitter-Sweet Future for Farmers in Colombia

Sunny Chen

Coca, once used in the original Coca-Cola recipe in 1886, has impacted Colombia since the industry…

Regenerative Lessons From Indigenous Food Systems
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Regenerative Lessons From Indigenous Food Systems

Rachel Bailleau

When European colonisers came to North America, they said they were settling in “unused” and…

When Less is More: A Portrait of No-till Farming
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When Less is More: A Portrait of No-till Farming

Dr Caroline Wood

The Green Revolution in agriculture was powered by mechanisation, but our soils are now worn out…

Is Polyculture The Key To Food Security?
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Is Polyculture The Key To Food Security?

Rachel Bailleau

Growing a single crop over vast amounts of land has become the norm. But in the face of a…

Foraging in The Modern World: Rediscovering an Ancient Practice
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Foraging in The Modern World: Rediscovering an Ancient Practice

Andrei Mihail

Have you ever tasted the sweetness of wild strawberries freshly picked from the forest? The…

Crops That Feed The World | Rice
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Crops That Feed The World | Rice

Madhura Rao

Bibimbap, Biryani, Jollof Rice, Nasi Lemak, Paella, Risotto, Sushi – the list of delicious rice…

The Timely Rise of Imperfect Produce
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The Timely Rise of Imperfect Produce

Letizia Diamante

A study conducted by the University of Edinburgh in 2018 estimated that more than one-third of…

Seed Banks - Safeguarding Biodiversity | A Visual Essay
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Seed Banks - Safeguarding Biodiversity | A Visual Essay

Eloise Adler

Take a look inside the seed banks protecting the world’s biodiversity and safeguarding our future.

The EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy: Is The Pesticide Reduction Target Still Realistic?
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The EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy: Is The Pesticide Reduction Target Still Realistic?

Claudia Lee

In May 2020, the European Union launched the ‘Farm to Fork Strategy’ as part of the EU Green…

Seafood Fraud in The Supply Chain
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Seafood Fraud in The Supply Chain

Silvia Lazzaris

It might be easy to recognise a chicken from a pigeon, but it’s not that easy when it comes to…

Creating Healthy Soils | Could Apps be The Answer?
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Creating Healthy Soils | Could Apps be The Answer?

Lina Dilly

Soil is one of our most valuable resources. In agriculture, soil quality not only determines what…

Crops That Feed The World | Wheat
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Crops That Feed The World | Wheat

Madhura Rao

In many ways, wheat is a symbol of human evolution. A robust ancient grain that has sustained life…

Food Banks | Are They Beneficial to Society?
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Food Banks | Are They Beneficial to Society?

Madhura Rao, Dr Alie de Boer

In most European countries, the government protects the economic and social well-being of its…

The Indian Farmers Battling Climate Change With 10,000-year-old Emmer Wheat
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The Indian Farmers Battling Climate Change With 10,000-year-old Emmer Wheat

Sanket Jain

Across India, farmers have been reporting major losses due to recurring climate disasters. But the…

Farming For Gender Equality | Agroecology in Practice
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Farming For Gender Equality | Agroecology in Practice

Emily Payne

Small-scale farming communities across the world are using agroecology to simultaneously tackle food…

Can a Policy Stop Companies From Greenwashing?
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Can a Policy Stop Companies From Greenwashing?

Inés Oort Alonso

In 2022, the EU planned to tackle empty ‘green claims’ with new legislation. Here’s how it…

Why Soil Matters
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Why Soil Matters

Annabel Slater

Soil is a precious mixture of the living, the never-living, and the dead. It’s a vital resource…

Carbon Farming | Is It Really a Solution?
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Carbon Farming | Is It Really a Solution?

Lauren Lewis

Carbon farming aims to remove carbon from the atmosphere by storing it in plant material and/or the…

Salmon Hatcheries | Lifeline For Struggling Rivers or an Ecological Burden?
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Salmon Hatcheries | Lifeline For Struggling Rivers or an Ecological Burden?

Jude Isabella

With dwindling wild populations, salmon hatcheries were a supposed solution to revitalise struggling…

Are We Eating the ‘Right’ Seafood?
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Are We Eating the ‘Right’ Seafood?

Moray Swanson

Over the past 50 years, our global demand for seafood has increased substantially. So why are we…

Fungi in Sustainable Food Production
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Fungi in Sustainable Food Production

Anne Reshetnyak

Fungi are not just fun to forage and delicious to eat, they can also be useful for food…

Who Pays the Price of Food Inflation?
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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 sector is…

3 Resilient Crops For Changing Climates
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3 Resilient Crops For Changing Climates

Dr Caroline Wood

As the climate continues to destabilise, food security is put under increasing pressure. These three…

How will a changing climate affect olive trees?
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How will a changing climate affect olive trees?

Inés Oort Alonso

One of the Mediterranean's oldest and most symbolic crops is threatened by the effects of climate…

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