Posts tagged with food production

Food Giants Lacking Ethical Standards

corporate social responsibility

A report by Oxfam into the ethical standards of the world’s biggest food companies has found many leading brands to be severely wanting in a variety of areas, including their approach to land management, their…

As Much As Half of the World’s Food Goes to Waste

food waste

Roughly two billion tonnes of food is wasted every year according to a report from the UK’s institution of Mechanical of Engineers (IMechE). Amongst the key factors cited as contributing to the figure are poor…

Farmers Turn to GM Crops in Face of Weather Extremes

GM food

British farmers are now looking to genetically modified crops as a way to safeguard against extreme weather, following a year which saw both prolonged droughts and record breaking rainfall. 2012 was the wettest year since…

Feeding The World – Future Foods & Efficiencies

future foods

As Band Aid rightly said, we need to Feed The World but as our climate changes and populations grow, how easy will it be to sufficiently feed everybody? We don’t even do a very good…

Unpredictable Weather Impacts on Food Prices

flooded farmland

A number of the UK’s leading supermarkets are facing shortages of certain fruits and vegetables following a summer of terrible growing conditions. Later harvests have left retailers under stocked and many have been forced to…

Is The Local Diet All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

locally grown food

I am writing this post as part of the Change the Week Wednesday challenge for the week beginning August 29th but I hope my research and opinions will remain evergreen for much longer as the…

Ethical Dilemmas From The Reduced Aisle

Reduced Sticker

This is going to be quite a short post based upon my thoughts when I recently visited my local Tesco store. I was doing my shopping as usual but when I came to the reduced…

How Sustainable Is Livestock As A Food Source?

Livestock Industry

In the third post in my series on the environmental impacts of agriculture, I am looking into livestock and how the rearing of animals for food is putting pressure on many resources while contributing to…

Food Miles: Fun Facts Or Frivolous Falsities?

Food Miles

One of the things that I’m attempting to do as part of my support of Climate Week is to eat a diet that is low carbon and thus more sustainable in the long run. I…

Fertiliser Flaws & Pesticide Problems

Fertiliser Flaws & Pesticide Problems

In the second of my posts looking into the environmental impact of modern agriculture, I am exploring the use of fertilisers and pesticides to boost crop yields and what damage they could be doing to…