More than 200 scientists from 73 research institutes in 20 countries over 13 years have produced the most comprehensive map of a wheat genome, paving the way for more resilient and nutritious varieties of a staple crop that feeds more than a third of the global human population.
Bristol-based philanthropic project, The Seed Fund will be bringing its network of industry mentors to Speciality & Fine Food Fair for the first time this year, to hear pitches from a host of fledgling food and drink start-ups.
Tea firm Twinings published a list of the Indian plantations it buys from this week, citing the need for transparency to improve conditions in an industry experts say is rife with abuse. India’s tea industry, the world’s second largest, employs 3.5 million workers and studies have found many live in appalling conditions, below the poverty line.
Agricultural companies in Britain are failing to comply with a tough anti-slavery law despite being considered potential hotbeds for forced labour, the anti-slavery watchdog said on Wednesday this week (15th Aug 2018). Less than half the agricultural companies in that category had complied by June, according to a report by the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner – a lower proportion than in 2017.
Soil microorganisms play a central role in many biogeochemical cycles, such as the decomposition of organic matter and the binding of carbon in soil. A research project at the Freie Universität in Berlin has provided the first experimental evidence that microplastics can change the biophysical conditions of soil as well as the functional activity of microbes.
The Ethical Dairy has embarked on a series of visits and events to raise awareness of their Cow-with-Calf dairying model, starting with hosting an innovation visit of forty researchers and scientists last week.
Congress is currently working on the 2018 farm bill, a massive piece of legislation enacted about every five years. One of its key elements is crop insurance, which helps protect farmer income in times of volatile production – for example, when crops are damaged by droughts or floods.
A new Respirology review and analysis of published studies reveals a link between fast food consumption and an increased likelihood of having asthma, wheeze, and several other allergic diseases such as pollen fever, eczema, and rhino-conjunctivitis.
The Baltic Sea is home to some of the world’s largest dead zones, areas of oxygen-starved waters where most marine animals can’t survive. But while parts of this sea have long suffered from low oxygen levels, a new study by a team in Finland and Germany shows that oxygen loss in coastal areas over the past century is unprecedented in the last 1500 years. The research is published today in the European Geosciences Union journal Biogeosciences.
Lufa Farms, or Les Fermes Lufa, build and run rooftop greenhouses in Canada. Here they grow food hydroponically in great quantities, using bespoke innovative technology. They aim to make cities self-sufficient in food, removing the need for much of the…
Canadian scientists have collaborated with Hong Kong climate campaigners to create meat-free dumplings in the hope of persuading the world’s biggest carnivores to stop pigging out.
China eats more meat than any other nation – twice the amount consumed by Americans alone – and a campaigning Hong Kong business is launching a more sustainable, plant-based diet that it says has less impact on global warming. But all of the taste.
A new “plastic-free” logo has been launched in the UK. It will allow shoppers to identify products with plastic packaging, as companies come under growing pressure to use green alternatives.
Eight million tonnes of plastic – bottles, packaging and other waste – are dumped into the ocean every year, killing marine life and entering the human food chain, according to the United Nations.
Dairy farming in the UK faces the same challenges as the rest of the food world. Growing pressures – economic, environmental, political – are pushing farmers to look for better ways to continue their businesses. Locavore spoke to David Finlay,…
Confidence in cooking ability led to fewer fast food meals, more meals as a family, and more frequent preparation of meals with vegetables in adulthood, according to a new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Evidence suggests that developing cooking and food preparation skills is important for health and nutrition, yet the practice of home cooking is declining and now rarely taught in school. A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found that developing cooking skills as a young adult may have long-term benefits for health and nutrition.
Indigenous communities that depend on Colombia’s Amazon rainforest for their survival will have more say over their ancestral lands, as Colombia adds 8 million hectares to its protected areas in an effort to stem forest loss. The new measures aim to create a buffer zone for the country’s southern Amazon region.