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Small Abattoirs are Closing Fast | Why Does That Matter?
Article Human Stories

Small Abattoirs are Closing Fast | Why Does That Matter?

Lauren Lewis

Small abattoirs are closing across Europe, leaving local farmers and homesteads with fewer places to…

Can Big Companies Really Go Regenerative?
Article Earth First

Can Big Companies Really Go Regenerative?

Rachel Bailleau

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

A Brief Guide to Antibiotics in Farming
Article The Future

A Brief Guide to Antibiotics in Farming

Lauren Lewis

Antibiotics are the bedrock of modern farming systems. But what effect is this having on our natural…

Truths, Tactics and the Mist of Meat Lobby Science
Article Supply Chains

Truths, Tactics and the Mist of Meat Lobby Science

Silvia Lazzaris

Even with strict rules regulating lobbying in the EU, our policies and public views are still…

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

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…

Can a Policy Stop Companies From Greenwashing?
Article Earth First

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…

How Does Lobbying Impact our Food and Agricultural Policies?
Article The Future

How Does Lobbying Impact our Food and Agricultural Policies?

Claudia Lee

Lobbying is often considered the sole remit of large companies and firms, but it also has the…

Food and Place | Does Where You Live Influence Your Eating Habits?
Article Human Stories

Food and Place | Does Where You Live Influence Your Eating Habits?

Luke Cridland

Where food is sold is not decided randomly, and many factors go into determining where you can buy…

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 sector is…

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.

Short Food Supply Chains: Limitations of Law
Article Human Stories

Short Food Supply Chains: Limitations of Law

Dr Mirta Alessandrini

Short food supply chains represent a great opportunity to support the shift towards more…

Allergens in food
Article The Future

Allergens in food

Madhura Rao

What do prawns, celery, peanuts, soybeans, and wheat have in common? They can cause serious allergic…

What Are Novel Foods and How Are They Approved?
Article The Future

What Are Novel Foods and How Are They Approved?

Madhura Rao

Yellow mealworms were the first insect approved for human consumption in the EU. As a novel food,…

Food Deserts | Why Do They Exist?
Article The Future

Food Deserts | Why Do They Exist?

Madhura Rao

Income inequality is on the rise in many parts of the world today. Even in countries that are…

Should We Tax Food According to its Environmental Footprint? | Opinion
Article The Future

Should We Tax Food According to its Environmental Footprint? | Opinion

Lottie Bingham

The idea of taxing food according to its environmental footprint is deeply controversial. Here's why…

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…

Sustainable Fishing Levels & Quotas | How It Works
Article The Future

Sustainable Fishing Levels & Quotas | How It Works

Jessica Tengvall

For decades, growing consumer demand and a lack of clear fisheries restrictions contributed to the…

How Do Food Businesses Manage Food Waste?
Article Earth First

How Do Food Businesses Manage Food Waste?

Madhura Rao

Food can end up as waste before it reaches us for several reasons, whether it’s safety…

Expanding The Gaze Of Modern Fisheries Management
Article Human Stories

Expanding The Gaze Of Modern Fisheries Management

Oliver Fredriksson, Dr Andrea Reid

Dr Andrea Reid is a citizen of the Nisgaꞌa Nation, an Assistant Professor of Indigenous…

Transforming Our Food System | The UN Food Systems Summit
Article The Future

Transforming Our Food System | The UN Food Systems Summit

Aran Shaunak

Food is an issue that not only affects us all, but that all of us have a role to play in solving.…

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…

Can Fisheries Ever Be Sustainable? | Ask The Expert
Article The Future

Can Fisheries Ever Be Sustainable? | Ask The Expert

Oliver Fredriksson, Dr. Ray Hilborn

The narrative around the sustainability of fisheries is often characterised by alarming statistics…

How Should We Regulate Genome-Edited Crops? | Opinion
Article The Future

How Should We Regulate Genome-Edited Crops? | Opinion

Rebecca Nesbit

Humans have been modifying crop genetics for millennia, but in recent years this practice has…

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…

Should Milk Alternatives be Taxed Differently? | Opinion
Article The Future

Should Milk Alternatives be Taxed Differently? | Opinion

Angelika Schulz

Plant-based milk alternatives are growing increasingly popular across Europe. From soy to oat, many…

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…

Extra Virgin Olive Oil | Real or Fake Olive Oil?
Article Earth First

Extra Virgin Olive Oil | Real or Fake Olive Oil?

Dr Michelle Spence

Extra virgin olive oil is hailed for its health benefits and superior taste, but it’s also a…

Food Fraud | When Does Food Become Criminal?
Article Earth First

Food Fraud | When Does Food Become Criminal?

Luke Cridland

The modern consumer wants to know about the food they're buying - is it organic, is it vegan, is it…

Is it time to withdraw the Common Agricultural Policy? | Opinion
Article The Future

Is it time to withdraw the Common Agricultural Policy? | Opinion

Inés Oort Alonso

A disappointing vote for the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) took away our hope for…

Gene Edited Food
Article The Future

Gene Edited Food

Annabel Slater

Larger groundcherries. High-nutrient soybeans. Mushrooms that don't brown. Hornless cattle. These…

Imported Organic Food | Do They Meet EU Organic Standards?
Article Human Stories

Imported Organic Food | Do They Meet EU Organic Standards?

Kevin Thellmann, Michael Bregler

How much of the organic food supply in the EU is imported? Are the high European standards for…

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…

EU Common Agricultural Policy | 4 Things to Know About Farming Subsidies
Article The Future

EU Common Agricultural Policy | 4 Things to Know About Farming Subsidies

Inés Oort Alonso

The EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), while unknown to many EU citizens, has a huge impact on…

What Does ‘Organic’ Really Mean?
Article Earth First

What Does ‘Organic’ Really Mean?

Dr Blain Murphy

Organic food is a complicated industry, and for organic produce to be certified, farms must undergo…

What is “Natural Food”?
Article Earth First

What is “Natural Food”?

Lottie Bingham

Rising demand for "natural" foods has seen the term used as a marketing tool in advertisements and…

Shareholder Activism: Can Cattle Ranching Investors Help Stop Deforestation in Brazil?
Article The Future

Shareholder Activism: Can Cattle Ranching Investors Help Stop Deforestation in Brazil?

Erasmus zu Ermgassen

The expansion of agriculture is the leading driver of deforestation in the tropics. But can…

The Problem with Sustainability Labelling | Opinion
Article Earth First

The Problem with Sustainability Labelling | Opinion

Dr Tony Benson

How can we choose the most sustainable food and drinks on the market?

EU Green Deal: 5 Ways Policy Might Impact Our Food System
Article The Future

EU Green Deal: 5 Ways Policy Might Impact Our Food System

Madhura Rao

The European Commission recently announced a "Farm to Fork" strategy that aims to make the food…

Blockchain In Agriculture | Digitalising The Food System
Article Earth First

Blockchain In Agriculture | Digitalising The Food System

Luke Cridland

Was this food ethically sourced? Was it made using sustainable practices? How did it get here? These…

How Health Claims Are Regulated
Article The Future

How Health Claims Are Regulated

Bridget Benelam

Have you ever worried that health claims that you see on food labels are exaggerated or simply made…

Are there pesticides in organic farming?
Article The Future

Are there pesticides in organic farming?

Kati Riesenberg

Organic food is produced completely free of chemicals, right? Surprisingly, no. Many people…

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