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 UK company is using hydroponics to revolutionise farming

H20 Farm is a company in the UK that is using hydroponics for their fodder production. This company, as well as others (such as US companiy FodderTech), could very well revolutionise farming as we know it. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil, using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent to feed[…]

Saving money by going veggie

If you have financial worries, then there are many steps you can take to cut back on costs. It’s important to examine your lifestyle and see if anything you consume or do can be reduced or eliminated completely. You may realise that you can save a tonne of money by quitting smoking (1). Or by cutting[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Producing sustainable food with aquaponics

Food production is not sustainable (1). Agriculture uses 38% of the world’s total land area and is responsible for 70% of global freshwater consumption. This has prompted some commentators to argue that in order to promote sustainability we need to change how we behave. Other experts are more focused on technological innovations, such as aquaponics.[…]

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[…]

Becoming a weekday vegetarian

Weekday vegetarian, some people get angry when they hear this phrase. Why? I don’t really know or understand, but I’m guessing it’s because they see life as a 0-1 kind of situation, it’s either black or white. You can’t be a vegetarian and a carnivore at the same time. Or can you? Life isn’t black[…]

Will we all be eating insects in the future?

The idea of eating insects can seem a bit unappealing if you’ve been brought up with a Western diet. We do eat them for novelty (1) or inadvertently as food colouring (2). However, insect-eating (known as entomophagy, 3) is common to many cultures across the world. Humans have been eating insects from prehistoric times to the[…]

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