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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
In 2000, Jan Jacob and Anja Baak upped sticks and moved from the Netherlands to Scotland after being offered the opportunity to manage a country estate. Inspired by the landscape and the abundance of wild deer, they determined to create charcuterie…
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.
Root Camp is a residential field-to-table cookery school for teenagers aged 15-21. Across varied UK venues and further afield, they work in the kitchens creating simple, healthy, cost effective meals from scratch that they eat together as a group. They…
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.
Tom Hunt is an award-winning chef, food writer, climate change activist, and author of The Natural Cook. He writes for magazines and newspapers such as The Guardian, Telegraph, Foodism, Olive Magazine, and Vegetarian Living. In 2004 Tom founded his festival…
Ross Geach spent ten years working as a chef before setting up Padstow Kitchen Garden. Having worked his way up to head chef for Rick Stein, he decided to return to the farm where he and previous generations of his family…
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.