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We need to rethink our moral obligations to create a better world

We need to rethink our moral obligations to create a better world

Our collective overuse and misuse of antibiotics is accelerating resistance to these universal drugs, leaving people increasingly vulnerable to infections that can no longer be treated. This applies not only to the use of antibiotics in human medicine, but also in animal industries. Antibiotic resistance is an example of a collective action problem. These are problems where what is individually rational leads to a collectively undesirable outcome.

Eider down farming – a living cultural tradition

Eider down farming – a living cultural tradition

Birgitta Berglund has studied eider down farming areas and the special culture along the Norwegian Helgeland coast since the 1970s. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Archaeology and Cultural History at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s (NTNU) University Museum.

The coastal communities included eider duck egg and down harvesting, sealing and fishing villages, but Berglund’s greatest interest lies with the practice of eider farming.

To avoid ‘Fifth Period’ of famine, political action is needed

To avoid ‘Fifth Period’ of famine, political action is needed

After a twenty-year period in which famine had become all but a distant memory, starving people in several countries around the world began making headlines again over the last year. As reported in Political Geography, if political action doesn’t alter this course the world could be headed into a ‘fifth period’ of famine, warns Elsevier Atlas Award winner Alex de Waal, Executive Director at the World Peace Foundation in Somerville, MA, US. He warns that famine almost always has multiple causes; political factors are chief among them.

Island of plastic debris in Pacific far bigger than previous estimates, study says

Island of plastic debris in Pacific far bigger than previous estimates, study says

A giant island of plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean holds as much as 16 times more debris than was previously thought, posing a significant threat to the food chain, scientists said on Thursday (22nd March 2018).

The so-called garbage patch in waters between California and Hawaii consists of fishing nets, plastic containers, packaging and ropes, said the Ocean Cleanup Foundation, which headed up a study published in Scientific Reports, an online journal.

Millions more hungry in 2017 amid famine and conflict, with numbers rising

Millions more hungry in 2017 amid famine and conflict, with numbers rising

Conflicts and climate disasters, particularly drought, drove the number of people facing crisis levels of hunger up by about 15 percent last year and the situation is getting worse, a new report said on Thursday (22nd March 2018).

Last year 124 million people in 51 countries faced crisis levels of hunger compared to 108 million people in 48 countries in 2016 and 80 million in 2015, according to the Food Security Information Network (FSIN).

‘Now is the time to reduce our water footprint’: World Water Day

‘Now is the time to reduce our water footprint’: World Water Day

To really do something about our massive overconsumption of water, we should limit the strain we put on rivers and freshwater basins. Information on the water use of our products should be transparent and clear. And in the end, individual citizens would have to change their lifestyle fundamentally. Taking shorter showers simply is not enough.

Communicating why pollinators matter could help save them and ensure food security worldwide, researchers say

Communicating why pollinators matter could help save them and ensure food security worldwide, researchers say

International researchers met in Leiden (Netherlands) in early March, to discuss the latest research on pollinators and stress the need to communicate their value more actively to citizens and policy advisors. Better science communication, backed by more research funding, could help ensure sustainable pollination worldwide.

The man who wants to pull 60,000 Rwandans out of poverty by planting trees

The man who wants to pull 60,000 Rwandans out of poverty by planting trees

Jean Baptiste Mutabaruka is on the road to the local bank, again. When he gets there, he will inquire once more about raising money for an idea he thinks will reduce poverty in his small farming community of 60,000 in the province of Eastern Rwanda. For 10 years, Jean Baptiste has journeyed through the parched villages of the Karangazi Sector, even in soaring heat, to champion the planting of trees, which he sees as a potent antidote to widespread poverty in the region.

According to research conducted by WRI, he is right. Planting and protecting trees would likely lead to increased land productivity, as well as improving food and water security. The Tigray region of Ethiopia halved its poverty level through restoring land over the last 20 years.

River Cottage launches Wood Fired cookery course with Gill Meller

River Cottage launches Wood Fired cookery course with Gill Meller

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s right hand man and founding Head Chef of River Cottage, Gill Meller, is launching an Wood Fired Cookery Course in the new bespoke outdoor cookery area at River Cottage HQ, Devon.

Gill’s cooking has always been deeply rooted in nature and represents the ethos that underpins River Cottage. His simple, award winning seasonal cookery style and desire to allow the ingredients in his dishes to shine has helped him to define food that reflects his surroundings with the qualities they naturally possess.

Locavore Volume One: Seed

Locavore Volume One: Seed

Locavore explores how food is found, grown, prepared and served. We meet foragers, farmers, artisans, teachers and cooks, and learn about their ideas and what motivates them. We discover flavour, variety, method, tradition and ritual.

We look at community projects, networks and campaigns, and investigate the science and effects of modern agriculture and production. We explore food philosophies that put the land, consumer and animal first and contrast these with a globalised food system that homogenises taste and commodifies nature. And we examine food security and sovereignty within a changing climate.

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