The origins of most food products such as bread, milk, meat, fruit, vegetables, sugar and so on are in agriculture. Farmers grow crops and raise animals to fulfil the demands of today’s food supply chain and production methods vary greatly from small organic farms to industrial agriculture.
Inevitably, farming has an important impact on the environment and ensuring a safe, sustainable supply of food for the world’s fast growing population is a major challenge for the future of agriculture.
28 May 2018
First devised in 1915 by American geologist Gilbert Ellis Bailey, the initial concept of vertical farming was rather understood as a sort of rooftop farming. The definition evolved as vertical farming moved indoors, and while definitions vary, most agree that vertical farming refers to the growing of edible greens in stacked rows in a controlled environment.
30 June 2017
Substituting animal products with more sustainable protein sources (e.g. algae, insects, rapeseed, and legumes) are important for the future of food. So, what are our options?
01 November 2016
Pesticides are substances used to repel or destroy harmful organisms known as pests (e.g. insects, weeds, fungi or rodents) to prevent diseases, or protects plants or plant products during production, storage and transport...
19 May 2015
Although insects are not traditionally eaten in Western countries, other regions around the world have long considered them acceptable on the menu. A recent paper published in the journal...
01 February 2015
Water is routinely used in food production as an ingredient, for cleaning, sanitation and manufacturing purposes. This article discusses the sources, treatments...
01 June 2014
There is a growing consensus that human activities may be changing our planet’s climate. These changes in climate have a number of possible implications for human health and welfare, one of which could be the safety of food.
30 October 2013
Organic farming in the EU is a system of agriculture and food production that combines favourable environmental and animal welfare standards and is supported by EU law...
10 March 2012
Researchers at Stanford University, USA conducted a systematic review of published literature to determine if organically produced foods are safer or healthier than conventionally...
13 April 2010
Organically produced foodstuffs are not richer in vitamins and minerals than conventionally produced foodstuffs, conclude researchers in a systematic review...
06 June 2006
Modern farming does its utmost to guarantee quality and safety in food production - thus addressing concerns that are uppermost in consumers' minds today.
03 November 2003
Consumers may wonder, as they bite into a piece of fresh fruit or crunch on a vegetable, what extra “ingredients” they might be about to swallow. The latest report from the European Commission on pesticides and food should allay any concerns in the minds of those who appreciate the goodness in healthy, fresh produce.
03 July 1999
Theobroma cacao means food of the gods. It is also the botanical name for the cocoa tree, a much-revered crop for thousands of years. Satisfying the world's growing appetite for chocolate is an interesting case study in the development of sustainable agriculture.