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The Great Gene Editing Debate: The Good, Bad and the Ugly
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The Great Gene Editing Debate: The Good, Bad and the Ugly

Natasha Foote

The EU is looking to loosen rules on the use of new genetic technologies in farming. But what does…

Precision Fermentation: Past, Present, and Future Promise
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Precision Fermentation: Past, Present, and Future Promise

Anne Reshetnyak

Microorganisms and fermentation have been crucial for food safety and flavour for thousands of…

Lab-Grown Meat, the Idea That (almost) Changed the World
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Lab-Grown Meat, the Idea That (almost) Changed the World

Inés Oort Alonso

Cultured meat promised to revolutionise agriculture, but just like the science behind lab-grown meat…

Seaweed Farming: Silver Bullet or Something Else?
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Seaweed Farming: Silver Bullet or Something Else?

Bonnie Waycott

Seaweeds have become increasingly popular in recent years. As more eyes are drawn to farming them,…

Are Jellyfish the Food of the Future?
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Are Jellyfish the Food of the Future?

Maria Pinto

People have eaten jellyfish in several Asian countries for centuries. But this gelatinous marine…

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…

A Brief Guide to Antibiotics in Farming
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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…

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.…

How Will AI Shape Our Food Systems of the Future?
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How Will AI Shape Our Food Systems of the Future?

Astrid Tempelaere

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become an important part of our daily lives. Beyond chatbots and…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

How Does Lobbying Impact our Food and Agricultural Policies?
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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…

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…

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

Food Forests | Sustainable Agriculture, Nature’s Way
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Food Forests | Sustainable Agriculture, Nature’s Way

Lina Dilly

Discover how food forests could future proof our food systems.

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…

Why We Need Open Innovation For Our Food System
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Why We Need Open Innovation For Our Food System

Jane Alice Liu

Have you heard of OI – open innovation? If you think it means openly sharing ideas and…

Is Organic Food Really Better?
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Is Organic Food Really Better?

Silvia Lazzaris

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

Short Food Supply Chains: Limitations of Law
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Short Food Supply Chains: Limitations of Law

Dr Mirta Alessandrini

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

Traceability in the Food System
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Traceability in the Food System

Luke Cridland

Where has food come from, and where is it going? Knowing this is crucial to sustaining food supply…

The Problem with Seafood Supply Chains
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The Problem with Seafood Supply Chains

Jane Alice Liu, Margaux Friocourt

What are the biggest problems in our seafood supply chains? What are the driving forces behind these…

Desertification: The Vicious Cycle Between Land Degradation and Climate Change
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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…

Allergens in food
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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?
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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,…

Participatory Food Cooperatives
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Participatory Food Cooperatives

Fabienne Ruault

Once a month, I change hats. Normally, I'm a project manager working behind a computer. But today,…

7 Alternative Ways To Grow Food and Community
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7 Alternative Ways To Grow Food and Community

Aran Shaunak

Over the course of generations, farms have become bigger, more industrialised and more efficient.…

Amaranth: A staple of the past and a crop for the future
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Amaranth: A staple of the past and a crop for the future

Claudia Lee

From being offered to the Gods by ancient civilisations to being touted as a future crop that can…

Food Deserts | Why Do They Exist?
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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…

The World Of Hunting on the West Coast of Norway | Interview
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The World Of Hunting on the West Coast of Norway | Interview

Jane Alice Liu

What is the world of hunting like? I sat down with Susanne Tonheim to hear about her experience…

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