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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.

Climate change predicted to end truffle production

Climate change predicted to end truffle production

The lucrative truffle industry is set to disappear within a generation due to climate change, according to new research. A warmer and drier climate will be responsible for the decline – which will have a “huge economic, ecological and social impact” – and could be accelerated by other factors, such as heatwave events, forest fires, pests and diseases.

Stir Up Sunday festive demonstration with historian Ivan Day at the School of Artisan Food

Stir Up Sunday festive demonstration with historian Ivan Day at the School of Artisan Food

Journey back in time and discover the provenance, recipes and stories behind the traditional Christmas pudding at The School of Artisan Food this Christmas.

The School, set in the beautiful historic Welbeck Estate in Nottinghamshire, is serving up a host of traditional and contemporary Christmas courses throughout November and December.

Millions of small Asian farmers miss out on seeds resilient to climate change

Millions of small Asian farmers miss out on seeds resilient to climate change

Millions of smallholder farmers in South and Southeast Asia are missing out on new, resilient seeds that could improve their yields in the face of climate change, according to an index published on Monday 13th November 2018.

The 24 top seed companies fail to reach four-fifths of the region’s 170 million smallholder farmers for reasons such as poor infrastructure, high prices and lack of training, the Access to Seeds Index found.

Save the bees, save the keepers – Hive & Keeper

Save the bees, save the keepers – Hive & Keeper

Hive & Keeper’s honeys are different. Each is properly single-origin, being from just one apiary rather than blended and homogenised as is common in the honey industry. The honey is sourced from independent beekeepers around the UK, each with unique flavours, connecting back to the hives and the region where they’re made.

Children and smokers face pesticide danger

Pesticides used in food, tobacco and marijuana production are placing children and smokers in potential risk, a study has found. Farmers across the world use pesticides to keep bugs and weeds at bay during the growing process. However, this often means these potent chemicals find their way into our bodies and can build up over time. An analysis of data from the US suggests that children and smokers of tobacco are being exposed to the highest levels of pesticide residues.