Agri-Food System

Articles

Poor diet

Megan Blake explains how rich countries can have hungry households and introduces a means to climb out of food insecurity Eradicating hunger is one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development

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Healthy, wealthy and wise

Sarah McKinley beats the drum for Community Wealth Building. As I write, 1,200 farmers and their tractors have occupied the centre of Brussels where I live. Their synchronised horn blasts

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Home grown is better for you

Harshita Bhasin and Anirban Dasgupta warn of the perils of living on imported food. The food crisis fueling an ongoing rush of inflation globally was already brewing due to the

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Farming carbon

Dr Mandy Stoker tells how captured carbon is neither black gold nor a guaranteed green deal. The 5,000 trees we planted seven years ago are bursting into leaf. They have

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Having it all

Could private funding actually benefit nature? Henry Leveson-Gower proposes a cooperative approach. Since the 80s environmental economists have been putting monetary values on nature so they get “counted”. Now they

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Cash crops

Henry Leveson-Gower looks at how local food currencies might bear fruit. Our food system is deeply dysfunctional.  Economic forces drive it to deliver unhealthy food, while trashing the environment so

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Farming: a woman’s work

Yashaswi Shetty and Hamza Ahmad, describe how women in India’s agricultural sector are pushing back barriers to their recognition and security. Surinder Kaur is a member of the Kisan Sabha

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Off the scale

Locally grown food is growing. Can data help plough the furrow? By Lynne Davis 2020 was a year like no other, but for those of us working in community-led food

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Peddle Preneur

Watch their presentation and discussion with our expert panel… This is their first round presentation as due to internet instability, they weren’t able to make a final presentation. https://youtu.be/CHtsou_Xv4g View

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An isolated problem

Food insecurity grows when the sense of community is low. Megan Blake tells how people have stepped up to the challenge.   Kora and Ryan are just starting out on

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All for One

A combination of government edicts, broken promises and climate change has driven Malian villagers away from their collective livelihoods and traditions to bring prosperity for the few, not for the

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The lie of the land

Is small holding the future of farming? Nick Meynen reports from Flanders’ field. There’s a fast-spreading farming model that gives farmers hope, spares soils and cures our climate. Belgium farmer,

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A new steer

Spanish farms are revitalising their land on the hoof. Sacha Bernal Coates and Kerry Wolters explain how the herd instinct holds back the desert. Manuel’s ranch is an hour’s drive

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News

Columns

A sting in the tale

Verity discovers that when the wise man points at the moon, the fool looks at the finger.  Thomas, my husband of forty years, has a new project. It keeps him

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The nature of the beast

Verity delves into the environmental economics undergrowth.  Our peaceful piece of suburbia is feeling particularly tame at the moment.  A far cry from the perilous encounters to be had in

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Ground control

Control of land has been a key driver of wealth, power and conflict for most of human history.  The industrial revolution changed all that as power shifted from landowners to

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Books

The Waste-Free World

From the publisher: Our take-make-waste economy has cost consumers and taxpayers billions while cheating us out of a habitable planet. But it doesn’t have to be this way. The Waste-Free

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The Future of Food

From the publisher: By the middle of this century, we will have nine billion mouths to feed and nobody who wants to be a farmer. Projections suggest we might not

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Peddle Preneur

Watch their presentation and discussion with our expert panel… This is their first round presentation as due to internet instability, they weren’t able to make a final presentation. https://youtu.be/CHtsou_Xv4g View

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Event Recordings

Peddle Preneur

Watch their presentation and discussion with our expert panel… This is their first round presentation as due to internet instability, they weren’t able to make a final presentation. https://youtu.be/CHtsou_Xv4g View

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