The current food production system has a major impacts on the environment, contributing to 30 % of all green-house gas emissions, driving deforestation and contributing to a loss of biodiversity. Our diets are becoming higher in calories and are rich in animal-based food products. 30 % of produced food is also wasted, enough to feed 200 million people! Switching to a more sustainable food production is important to make sure we can provide enough food for future generations while reducing the impact on our environment. How can we increase the sustainability of our diets?
Recent developments in the food market show a renaissance of traditional, direct ways of delivering food, coupled with an emergence of more innovative types of distribution systems which provide direct links between producers and consumers. These numerous types of short food distribution channels, commonly named short food supply chains, now coexist with longer, more ‘conventional’ channels of (mass) food distribution.
Disposal of traditional plastics can be challenging. Better recycling and new biodegradable plastics provide opportunities to make plastic more sustainable.
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.
Each of us contributes to the impact that our food system has on the planet. We can all commit to making the world a healthier place to live, through small but achievable changes to our diets.
By 2050, world population is predicted to be over 9 billion. How can sustainable diets help secure enough food for future generations and minimise environmental impact?
By 2050, the world’s population is estimated to reach a record over 9 billion people. This projected rise, coupled with rapid urbanisation, will create many societal and environmental challenges. Innovative food technologies offer exciting solutions to help us to prepare for the increased strain on agricultural resources, reduce food waste and provide adequate nutrition for all. We explore the potential opportunities for three technologies in contributing towards long-term food security.
Fish and seafood are an important part of a healthy diet, yet increasing demands and overfishing in many parts of the world have led to diminishing marine fish stocks worldwide. Farmed fish is a means of meeting demand...
Ensuring a sustainable supply of food for the world’s fast growing population is a major challenge. Food production is one of the key areas that require action, alongside issues of food consumption, nutrition and food security.
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...