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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?
Article Earth First

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
Article Human Stories

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 Photo-Essay
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Seed Banks - Safeguarding Biodiversity | A Photo-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 does not only determine…

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 at the hands of recurring climate disasters.…

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 aims…

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?
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…

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

Lina Dilly

Here’s how food forests could be replacing part of our conventional agriculture to make our…

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…

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
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…

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 is crucial to sustaining food supply chains…

The Problem with Seafood Supply Chains
Article Human Stories

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
Article The Future

Allergens in food

Madhura Rao

What do prawns, celery, peanuts, soybeans, and wheat share in common? Well, these foods can cause…

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…

Participatory Food Cooperatives
Article Human Stories

Participatory Food Cooperatives

Fabienne Ruault

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

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
Article Earth First

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
Article Human Stories

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 her experience growing up…

How Forgotten Crops Help Combat Climate Change
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How Forgotten Crops Help Combat Climate Change

Luke Cridland

Agriculture is one of the biggest contributors to climate change, with 18.4% of global greenhouse…

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

Lottie Bingham

In November 2020, the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change released a report detailing a number of…

Cheap Seafood | The Social Cost of Production
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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
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Sustainable Fishing Levels & Quotas | How It Works

Jessica Tengvall

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

5 Lessons Agriculture Can Learn From Ecology
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5 Lessons Agriculture Can Learn From Ecology

Emiliano Guijosa Guadarrama

The agricultural systems that provide us with our food today may seem different from…

Should We Bring Back The Buffet?
Article Earth First

Should We Bring Back The Buffet?

Dr Caroline Wood

Lavish, all-you-can-eat spreads are often a key feature of parties, weddings, hotel stays and…

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…

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