- Where You Choose to Eat Out Can be a Risky Decision
Diners in the UK may be taking unacceptable risks with their health depending on where they live and choose to dine out, according to a survey by a UK-based consumer watchdog, which has described its results as a "postcode lottery".
- Hygiene and Food Safety Are Essential in a Commercial Kitchen
UK food hygiene inspectors have been urging diners to check whether for a food hygiene rating is displayed when choosing a restaurant. Scrupulous cleanliness is one aspect of the safe preparation of food.
- UK Consumer and Farmer Behaviour Show Encouraging Signs of Changes
In the UK consumers\' production of waste and their food consumption have been declining, as has farmers\' use of the amount of nitrogen, phosphate and potassium fertilisers.
- Changing to Sustainable Farming Can Help Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Improve Our Diets
Making food production more environmentally and climate-friendly while increasing crop yields means changes to the whole system from farmers onwards and is likely to involve the use of scientific ingenuity.
- More Safe and Natural Foods Should Result from Research into Sustainable Farming
Research into insect pollinators and an experiment in organic farming are among a number of projects that will have benefits for sustainable crop production and safer, more natural foods.
- The Cost of Food Production Will Continue to Rise Because of Predicted Higher Oil Prices
Predicted rises in demand for oil as the global economy recovers mean price rises. The knock-on effect on a food production and distribution system dependent on petroleum-based products will be higher food prices. Time to push harder for sustainable, low-chem farming.
- The Cost of Farming Production is Not Reflected in Food Prices
Expecting farmers to increase production and embrace sustainability is unrealistic when their production costs are being constantly eroded to keep food prices in the shops as low as possible for consumers.
- It Will Take Ambitious Action to Mend the Global Food Production and Pricing System
A global charity, the CEO of a US-based organisation researching and developing low-chem agricultural products and the UN's special rapporteur on the right to food all agree that investment in developing world small farmers is needed as part of tackling food scarcity. But actions will speak louder than words.
- Consumers Can Play a Part in Helping to Make Farming and Food Distribution Sustainable
Farmers, food producers and distributors and consumers will need to be more adaptable to cope with an increasingly unpredictable climate, price volatility and the need for more sustainability.
- Can Governments be Persuaded to Finally Take Food Scarcity Seriously?
A charity is campaigning ahead of the June G20 summit calling for action on what it has called the fundamentally broken system of food production and calling for help for small farmers.
- New Warnings on Climate Change and Food Prices Suggest a Need for More Support for Farmers
A major effort is needed from governments following the starkest warnings yet on carbon emissions and rising food prices before it is too late.
- After Last Yearâ€™s Problems in Russia Now Low Spring Rainfall is Prompting Fears for UK Grain Crops
Changing rainfall patterns have prompted fears in the UK of a drought and problems with this year's grain harvest after the same thing happened in Russia and Ukraine last year. Farmers are coming under increasing pressure from both natural causes and consumer demands.
- Global Warming is Adversely Affecting Crop Yields According to Recent Research
A US study of crop yields for four basic commodities, wheat, rice, soya and maize, has shown they have dropped as global warming has increased in the last decade. This is another pressure on farmers struggling to grow more and keep costs down in an environment where consumers know little about food and its production.
- Three Elements Need to be Considered in Order to Farm Sustainably
Three basic elements need to be considered in defining sustainable farming and they are environmental protection, social responsibility and economic viability.
- Small Farmers are Central to Food Security and Sustainable Food Production
Small farming may be more sustainable and more efficient than large-scale agribusiness, as well as being essential to safeguard food security.
- The Cost of Nitrogen Pollution Outweighs Any Benefits in Increased Food Production
Repairing the damage caused by pollution from reactive nitrogen is costing Europe between £55 and £280 billion which attributes 70% of the pollution to agricultural processes.
- Reduced Sales of Organic Food Suggest That Price is a Major Consideration for Shoppers
In an ideal world food would be both affordable and healthy, but a drop in sales of organic food during 2010 suggests that shoppers are having to put price first as the economic climate remains harsh. Research and innovation may be the key to achieving the ideal.
- It is Vital that the UK Has a Strategy for Farming and Future Food Production
A new report argues that the Government must have a clear strategy for the future of the UK's largest manufacturing industry, which is food production, if it is to meet the challenge of increasing food poverty.
- Changing Our Eating Habits Can Help Both Our Health and the Environment
Adjusting our diets so that we consume more energy-efficient foods and waste less is part of sustainable shopping. If governments, farmers and scientific researchers all also contribute to more sustainable farming and living in there may be a chance to better protect the environment.
- The Benefits of Agroecology for Increasing Food Production
In all countries increasing food production is becoming increasingly urgent to meet growing demand. It can be done in an environmentally sustainable way using Agroecology techniques, especially in poorer countries, according to a new UN report.
- The Current Unrest in the Middle East Exposes the Dependence of Food Production on Oil
Current escalating prices for food expose the link between food production and its dependence on oil thanks to the current unrest across North Africa and the Middle East.
- Sustainable Farming is Incompatible with Industrial-style Food Production
Continued use of oil and petroleum products in industrial-style farming is energy inefficient and will not be able to continue as oil stocks run out. Sustainable farming using more natural products, such as biopesticides, can improve food quality and protect the planet.
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- The Numbers of Pesticides Available for Growers Are Decreasing Rapidly
It is more than two years since the EU issued new rules for pesticides that will see many of the current ones used by farmers will be banned. Farmers are becoming increasingly worried about the lack of alternatives.
- Both Ecosystems and the Food Chain Come Under Stress from Population Increase
Population growth over the centuries and the development of farming methods that can meet the increased demand for food have put enormous pressure on the world's ecosystems. Sustainable farming methods using innovative new technologies are urgently needed.
- Tackling Economic Growth, Climate Change and Food Scarcity Cannot be Separated
Action on climate change and developing a more sustainable global economic system cannot be separated from food scarcity and food security issues. With two scientific studies calling for openness to innovation will we see action to speed up regulation and licensing of biopesticides and other low-chem agricultural products?
- New Reports Say Production and Distribution Must be Urgently Reformed to Tackle Food Crises
New scientific studies on food security suggest that radical reform is needed for food production and distribution combined with actions on climate change, water and energy issues and we should be more open to technological innovations.
- Extreme Weather, High Food Prices and Food Riots ' What More Can We Expect from 2011?
Regardless of whether global warming or La Nina is responsible for unprecedented flooding in Brazil, in Australia, in Sri Lanka, the Philippines, the result has been damaged crops. It can only exacerbate food price inflation in 2011.
- Unless Governments Act Together to Control Price Speculation Food Price Riots Will Dominate 2011
The UN has reported that food prices at the end of 2010 had risen above the previous highs of 2008 and already there has been rioting in Algeria and Tunisia. It is time Governments across the world acted to regulate commodity price speculation on basic foods.
- The Effects of Climate Change on India's Farmers Show that it's Time for Global Co-operation
A book written by former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown was written and published within months of May 2010, in which he advocates global economic regulation and co-operation to prevent new economic crises. He bases his argument on continued growth, but is that possible in a finite world struggling with climate change?
- 2010 Was a Year of Extreme Weather, Skyrocketing Food Prices and Argument About Climate Change
A look back over 2010 and whether there has been any progress in arriving at common agreement on tackling climate change, food price rises, food shortages and sustainable farming.
- Emergency Food Parcels Are Needed by Poor Families in the UK also
Food scarcity is not only a third world issue. There are also families in the UK reliant on emergency food parcels from charities. At the same time it is calculated the UK generates 8.3 million tonnes of food and drink waste each year.
- Small Farmers Across the World Cannot Wait for Action on Climate Change to Take Effect
There may have been progress at this year's climate change summit in Cancun, but the results will take some time to be noticeable. Meanwhile small farmers across the world need the tools and support now to farm sustainably and grow more food.
- The World's Food and Climate Challenges Can be Tackled With Knowledge Sharing
Incomprehensibly huge numbers filling the news on a daily basis make it hard not to despair about climate change, global poverty and food scarcity, but sharing knowledge globally on new farming technology could begin to make a difference.
- Kitchen and Food Hygiene Will be Affected by Climate Change and Warmer Summers
The rising summer temperatures predicted in the UK due to climate change have significant implications for the safe storage and handling of food in commercial kitchens and are likely to mean even more thorough attention to kitchen deep cleaning.
- Food Scarcity Can be Tackled with Global Innovation and Knowledge Sharing in Agriculture
An individual inventor and the efforts of private sector research by biopesticides developers are equally important in efforts to tackle the need to improve agriculture in an environmentally friendly way to feed a growing global population.
- 2011 Could See a Crisis in Food Scarcity According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation
A combination of price volatility, climate change and crop diseases combined with poor harvests in 2010 could push up food prices and precipitate a food crisis in 2011. Much more needs to be done towards sustainable land use and increasing crop yields.
- Using Biopesticides in Agriculture Has Benefits for the Land, the Environment and for Healthy Food
Farmers have always used some natural products and methods to deal with plant pests and to replenish the soil. Increasingly the use of new ranges of biopesticides in agriculture is spreading across the world.
- Self Interest Obstructs Global Efforts to Tackle Biodiversity Loss and Sustainable Food Production
National self interest and a reliance on perpetual economic growth are in danger of inhibiting global action to tackle the loss of biodiversity and to promote sustainable farming.
- Eating Less Red Meat is Better for Human Health and Kinder to the Environment
Changing diets and lifestyles in the emerging economies are creating demand for more livestock farming, red meat and fast foods. It's bad for the health and for the environment.
- You Can Cut Your Energy Use in the Way You Cook
While nations continue to argue about climate change and cutting energy consumption there are things ordinary people can do to be more energy efficient including the way they cook food.
- Biodiversity, Climate Change and Food Scarcity are All Linked and Need United Global Action
Biodiversity, climate change and food scarcity are all due to be discussed at UN conferences before the end of 2010. What chance is there of more agreement and co-operation between countries this time around?
- The Proposed UK Budget Cuts Could Get Rid of Important Public Protection on Food Quality
Among the 177 or so watchdog bodies reportedly under threat of abolition in the UK government's bid to cut its budget deficit are a number focused on food quality, pesticides and organic food. Is this wise at a time of impending food crisis and price speculation?
- Climate Change Could bring New Opportunities for Farmers to Diversify
Climate change could bring new opportunities for farmers in the UK to grow Mediterranean crops, but equally carries the threat of invasion by alien species including plants, insects and micro-organisms.
- The UN Set Eight Millennium Goals to Be Achieved by 2015 and There Are Only Five Years to Go
The UN set eight ambitious goals in 2000 to mark the beginning of the new millennium to be achieved by 2015. Their aim was to reduce income, education and food inequality. Can access to food be made more equal with the help of low-chem agricultural products, asks writer Ali Withers.
- Action on Climate Change and Innovative, Sustainable Agriculture Have Never Been So Urgent
How can anyone not see action on climate change, global warming and sustainable farming as a top priority after yet more news of extreme weather and the announcement of an emergency UN meeting to discuss skyrocketing food prices?
- Basic Food Prices Are Climbing Fast and the Need for Innovative Agricultural Solutions is Urgent
Extreme weather, commodity speculation and the recession have combined to push up the price of basic foods in the last couple of months. It makes the case for action on innovative low-chem agricultural products and action on climate change even more urgent.
- Climate Change and Global Warming Are Not a Myth Judging by This Year's Extreme Weather
The catalogue of weather-induced disasters from Greenland through Russia to Pakistan and China suggests that global warming and climate change are no myth. The question is when governments will give it a higher priority and focus on that and improving agriculture sustainably.
- Is There a Chance of Another Green Revolution Not Only in Agriculture but on Climate Change?
The last Green Revolution in the 1960s increased food production dramatically, turning some countries from food importers to food exporters. But 50 years on the next "green revolution" needs to address climate change as well as food scarcity.
- Could Co-ordination of All the Large and Small Food and Environmental Globally Make a Big Impact?
Dig around enough and there's plenty of evidence of all kinds of research, projects and initiatives designed to combat climate change, restore the environment or increase farming yield sustainably. Yet we have little sense that they're making much impact. Could co-ordination be the key?
- Countries are Becoming More Selfish as High Prices Continue to Cause Food Scarcity and Food Shortage
The aim of a fair and equitable world where everyone has enough to eat recedes into the distance as commodity trading keeps crop prices artificially high, forcing countries to compete with each other to lease land outside their borders to ensure adequate food supplies for their people.
- Shoppers Need Reliable Information to Shop Ethically While Ensuring Others Don't Starve
Being "green" isn't easy, especially when choosing to buy locally produced food if you know it could impact on the livelihood of small producers in other parts of the world. The biggest problem is finding reliable information on which to base your decision.
- Obesity and Undernourishment are Both Malnutrition and They're Both Unhealthy
The WHO defines malnutrition as inadequate nutrition, which can be about not enough food leading to starvation or the wrong kind of food leading to obesity. Both situations exist on the same planet. How can any sane person not believe there's something badly unbalanced about food production and supply.
- Challenges of Water Scarcity can be Helped by Biopesticides Developers' new Low-chem Products
We're threatened with water shortages in some places and too much water in others due to global warming, deforestation and other issues. While we need to take measures to conserve water and prevent pollution of precious supplies can the work of Biopesticides Developers in new low-chem agriculture also help?
- Is There a Solution to the Competition for Land Between Biofuel and Food Crops?
The world has a finite amount of land, a growing population and rapidly-rising carbon emissions. It has produced a tension between growing biofuel and food crops and put further pressure on the environment. Governments need to invest more in farmers and in low-chem agricultural product developers.
- Land plus Biopesticides can help Deliver the Basic Human Right to an Adequate Supply of Food
We're told that there is still adequate land in the world to feed its growing population adequately, even allowing for population growth. So why are so many people all over the world malnourished or starving? The answer lies in the distorted economics of agriculture and commodity market speculation.
- UK Fruit and Veg Growers Need a Wider Range of the New Biopesticides to Stay Viable
UK fruit and veg growers access to approved biopesticides is far more limited than in the UK or Europe. It affects their economic viability and their ability to produce more healthy food sustainably to supply growing demand. Could food scarcity become an issue in the UK?
- Must there be a Choice between Healthy and Affordable Foods in a Recession?
Recessions, job losses and the volatility of global commodity prices, particularly oil, have impacted on the weekly shop. This article looks at the choices shoppers have been making over the last couple of years between cost and buying healthy, natural foods and whether it's possible to use the new generation of low-chem biopesticides to arrive at a place where they don't have to make that choice.
- Supermarkets Need to Give Farmers a Fairer Deal to Allow Them to Invest in Biotechnology
Farmers across the world are forced to cut wages to farm workers and try to get more out of their land, without having the resources to farm sustainably to protect it or to buy the new biopesticides, biofungicides and yield enhancers that could help them. Can the pressure from the Supermarkets and multinational food companies who squeeze profits fo
- Forget Romantic, Nostalgic Notions about Natural Farming ' Farming is about Economic Survival
There is no such thing as "traditional" farming. Forget nostalgia. Farming is and always has been an economic and commercial activity, an industry. The importance of farming history is in what it brings to the new thinking about sustainable farming methods, the new, more natural biopesticides, biofungicides and yield enhancers.
- Biopesticides can contribute to the Need for Innovation in Sustainable Agriculture
Humans only come up with innovative solutions when their backs are against the wall. Have pressure from consumers and therefore retailers for healthier, chemical-free foods, pressure on farmers to grow more and pressure on the environment reached the critical mass needed to think outside the box and come up with better solutions to pest and disease control in agriculture - such as biopesticides?
- Signs of Global Sanity? Sharing of Innovative Agricultural Solutions to help Farmers and Consumers
Food security and food scarcity are important issues for the planet and for the environment. Signs of hope from a conference in Cairo on sharing global agricultural solutions, including sustainable agriculture, use of low-chem bio-agricultural products and innovative finance that could point the way to a better future for us all. It illustrates the
- Priorities? Wonky Veg v Licencing Low-chem Pesticides and Fertilisers
EU legislators may re-introduce a ban on misshapen fruit and veg six months after it was removed. There's evidence that its removal cut waste and costs and helped recession hit consumers during the global recession. Ali Withers asks whether this is a priority issue compared with speeding up licensing of safer low-chem agricultural products in the E
- Buy Fair Trade? Buy Local? Are Biopesticides a Solution?
The seemingly impossible dilemma - buy local and reduce your carbon footprint or buy fairtrade products and help small farmers in developing countries to survive. It's not all about air miles and the distance food travels. This article looks at the issues and asks whether greater use of biopesticides and biofungicides for agriculture, such as those
- Why Aren't Low-Chem Agricultural Products Like Bio-Pesticides a Top EU Priority?
The demand for organic, natural healthy produce is growing year by year. Food security and land degradation problems are also increasing. A newly developing range of low-chem, biopesticides, biofungicides and growth enhancers could provide solutions, yet it can take up to six years to get such products licensed in the EU far longer than in the US.
- Biopesticides - The Answer to Consumer Demand for Cheap and Healthy?
Organic, fresh food is playing a growing part in the weekly consumer shopping basket. It now accounts for approximately a third of food bought in the US and UK. But organic food can also be more costly. This article looks at whether the development of new low-chem bio-pesticides can contribute to keeping the cost of organic foods down for consumers