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Conventional, industrialized agriculture causes severe decline in butterfly numbers

Conventional, industrialized agriculture causes severe decline in butterfly numbers

New research shows that meadows adjacent to high-intensity agricultural areas are home to less than half the number of butterfly species than areas in nature preserves. In the study, recently published in the scientific journal Insect Conservation and Diversity, the results emphasize the need for a more environmentally friendly agriculture.

Lab-grown meat might be worse for the climate than farting cows

Lab-grown meat might be worse for the climate than farting cows

Scientists and companies working to grow meat from animal cells will need to minimise energy use and avoid fossil fuels if claims that cultured meat is better for the climate than real meat are to hold true, researchers said.

Cultured meat production with high energy inputs could spur global warming more in the long-term than some types of beef cattle farming if the world shunned a low-carbon path, said a study published on 19th February by the UK-based Oxford Martin School.

Warming waters heat up fishing costs along India’s Malabar Coast

Warming waters heat up fishing costs along India’s Malabar Coast

Thankachan Polayalil has been a fisherman for 42 of his 65 years, long enough to remember when fish were visible from land, brimming just beyond the palm trees of the Malabar Coast. Now his boat is equipped with an echolocation machine, but fish still are hard to find – and the catch isn’t nearly as diverse. The anchovies are gone, and the mackerel now often swim in deeper water, making them harder to snare.

Machine learning detects importance of land stewardship in conservation policy

Machine learning detects importance of land stewardship in conservation policy

At the southern tip of the Himalayas, farmers in the Kangra region of India’s Himachal Pradesh graze cattle among rolling hills and forests. The forests, under management by the state or farmer cooperatives, are thriving. But a new University of Illinois study shows, unlike state-managed forests, farmer cooperatives directly benefit both forest health and farmers.

Human vending machine dispenses ‘slave-made’ food in UK

On a crisp morning in central London, a large vending machine has caught the attention of shoppers and commuters. Behind the glass sits a bruised and weary slave ready to dispense fresh tomatoes, lemons, avocados and eggs at the touch of a button.

The confrontational campaign, which used actors and a custom-built vending machine, highlights the plight of the estimated 136,000 people in Britain currently trapped in slavery.

Restaurants begin to take avocados off UK menus amid environmental concerns

Restaurants begin to take avocados off UK menus amid environmental concerns

Avocados, the soft, green superfood may be falling out of favour with some restaurants in Britain as they move to ban the trendy food from their menus, amid environmental and land concerns. Smashed on toast or artfully decorating plates, the fruit has gained popularity in Britain, becoming synonymous with hipster hangouts and millennials.

Now, some cafes in Britain are ditching avocados on ethical grounds, claiming that the water-intensive fruit is harming farmers and land in regions such as South America where is it grown.

‘What we’re eating is killing us’ – global nutrition report

‘What we’re eating is killing us’ – global nutrition report

Poor diets are among the top causes of ill health globally, accounting for nearly one in five deaths, according to a study published on Thursday (29th November 2018) that called on governments and businesses to do more to improve eating habits.

Eating unhealthy food, or not having enough food – including children unable to breastfeed – contribute to widespread malnutrition, said researchers behind the latest Global Nutrition Report.

France is most food sustainable country; US and UK faltering

France is most food sustainable country; US and UK faltering

France’s aggressive measures to tackle food waste, promote healthy lifestyles and adopt eco-farming techniques helped it top a ranking of nations, published this week (27th November 2018), which assesses their food sustainability.

The Netherlands, Canada, Finland and Japan rounded out the top five, and Rwanda scored highest among low-income countries in an index by the Economist Intelligence Unit and the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation.