Shutterstock.com Corinna Hawkes, City, University of London COVID-19 has shown how damaging ill-health can be for the economy. But it has also shown how measures that benefit health (lockdowns) can be seen as bad economic prosperity. A similar paradox is at the heart of promoting better diets. Poor diet is the world’s leading cause of… Continue reading Five ways to reboot the global food economy
Water, Air and Land According to the classical economist David Ricardo, the drivers of food production such as water, air and land (WAL) are free gifts from nature. No one should have to pay any price to have them supplied, because they are produced and delivered by nature with no cost. However, modern economists argue… Continue reading Water, Air and Land Nexus: A Safe Space for Preserving Climate and Achieving Food Security | Unsustainable
The age of stability is over, and coronavirus is just the beginning Troutnut / shutterstock Wolfgang Knorr, Lund University Humanity has only recently become accustomed to a stable climate. For most of its history, long ice ages punctuated with hot spells alternated with short warm periods. Transitions from cold to warm climates were especially chaotic.… Continue reading The coronavirus is just a beginning of catastrophe
Andrew Jenkins, Queen's University Belfast A company in Scotland has unveiled what it claims is arguably the world’s most technically advanced indoor farm. Intelligent Growth Solutions’ vertical farm uses artificial intelligence and specially designed power and communication technologies. The firm says this reduces energy costs by 50% and labour costs by 80% when compared to… Continue reading Vertical farming : changing the face of agriculture
Jordan Raine, The Conversation According to experts, today’s global agriculture system faces a crisis. Intensive farming with heavy ploughing machinery is causing soil to be lost up to 100 times faster than it is formed – and valuable stored carbon with it too. The soil that remains is becoming depleted of nutrients, thanks to repeated… Continue reading Food that feeds the world and heals it too
Some countries have introduced mandatory nutritional labelling on menus – here's why the UK should follow suit Dolly Theis, University of Cambridge Would you eat a burger if you knew it contained almost 6,000 calories? Some would gladly tuck in while others would recoil in horror. But if you have calories on the menu, at… Continue reading Food Menus: A Mandatory Nutritional Information
The problem is that much of this involves carbon-hungry technology, such as glasshouses heated by burning gas or vast fields of plastic polytunnels.
BY Adhip Wagle The world as we know today is changing at a rapid rate and current human capabilities combined with recent technological advances make it possible for new ground-breaking ideas and creations to come to life every hour of the day. However, the food sector is one area of change that doesn’t get as… Continue reading Food of the world: 10 years from today
HoangTuan_photography/Pixabay, CC BY-SA Kelly Reed, University of Oxford What we eat can harm not only our health, but the planet itself. About a quarter of all the greenhouse gas emissions that humans generate each year come from how we feed the world. Most of them are methane released by cattle, nitrogen oxides from chemical fertilisers… Continue reading Feeding the world: Archaeological and historical aspects
What they did and did not do in the past were the reasons for those consequences from which humanity has been at risk.