Indonesia increases its efforts to push for sustainable palm oil

On 11 April, Indonesia held the first international conference on the country’s sustainable palm oil (ISPO) scheme (1). Indonesia really needs to push for the scheme’s implementation. The EU wants to phase out the use of biofuels based on vegetable oils by 2020 (2). This is because the large majority of palm oil production is highly unsustainable.[…]

If you care about your body, then eating sustainably is the way forward

When it comes to diet, if you follow recommendations on eating sustainably, then you will also be benefiting your health. This is because sustainable diets involve eating less meat and more plant-based foods, such as vegetables, fruits and whole-grains (1). If you want to greatly diminish your environmental impact through diet, you’ll also get to enjoy[…]

Extreme weather should make us pay attention to sustainable nutrition

The alarming problems created by global warming are numerous. One of them is an increase in extreme weather events (1). Mocoa, a town in south-western Colombia, was recently devastated by a landslide, killing at least 290 people, and leaving 300 missing (2). There have been criticisms that the government didn’t act quickly enough. This may be true,[…]

A community in Portugal teaches us about the huge potential of permaculture

Permaculture involves using innovative methods to create sustainable ways of living. Its aim is to develop ecologically harmonious, efficient and productive systems that can be used by anyone, anywhere. The potential of permaculture lies in how resources – water, food, energy and shelter – are carefully used. It is possible to achieve a lot by[…]

We may need GMOs to survive on Mars

We may need to get over our knee-jerk reaction to GMO crops, as they may be necessary to survive on Mars. The study of genetically modifying organisms so that they can survive on spaceships and other planets is called ‘space synthetic biology’ (1). The harsh conditions on Mars present many challenges when it comes to[…]

The price of lab-grown meat may need to drop again

The price of lab-grown meat has significantly dropped (1). In fact, the price has dropped 30,000 times in less than four years. In 2013, it cost around $325,000 to make a lab-grown burger (2). Now the cost is $11.36 or $44 a pound (3). However, as impressive as this price drop is, lab-grown meat is still[…]

Weekday vegetarian flexitarian

Great conversation opener: ‘I’m a weekday vegetarian flexitarian’. ‘A what?’ Try that, see what response you’ll get. And even better, actually become a weekday vegetarian flexitarian. I think the concept of a weekday vegetarian is easy enough to understand, you’re a vegetarian Monday to Friday, and a carnivore on weekends. ‘Flexitarian’ can be more confusing, cause[…]

Food scarcity is set to worsen, but here’s what we can do about it

The global population is set to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, with most of the growth taking place in developing countries (1). The United States Department of Agriculture says the number of hungry (‘food insecure’) people in sub-Saharan Africa will rise by a third (2). In order to tackle the issue of food scarcity, the FAO claims[…]

Terraforming Mars: How to live sustainably on the red planet

Terraforming Mars involves changing the surface and climate of the planet to make large areas hospitable to humans. There are many reasons why permanent human habitation on Mars is being planned for: population growth, demand for resources, and runaway climate change. Of course, if and when we terraform Mars, it would be ludicrous to repeat[…]

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