The week has started with a headline story about the Chief Medical Officer’s chilling warning that antibiotic usage and bug resistance to them was now so serious that in 10-20 years time, we could be back to the stone age: due to the risk of infection every visit to a hospital could potentially be fatal, and simple and complex operations, including those for organic transplants and cancer could be futile.
11 March 2013 | 2 Comments
| Recommended by 1 Catherine Fookes:
It’s hard not to notice that our food prices have shot up, and while we might not be going hungry just yet, what’s the bet that a lot of us are starting the New Year slightly more cash strapped than last, armed with ways of feeding ourselves on a budget, planning imaginative meals with leftovers and generally cutting back on dining out. The increase in food prices is just the tip of the iceberg for what’s increasingly becoming a worldwide issue of food security. Launched this week, the Enough Food for Everyone, IF campaign, is tackling world hunger head on with a hard hitting celebrity backed campaign supported by industry and charitable organisations - the latest in a string of initiatives to tackle this issue.
25 January 2013 | 4 Comments
| Recommended by 3 Harry Hadaway:
In just a week's time the hugely important United Nations conference in Rio, Brazil, (Rio+20) will be taking some big decisions on the future course of farming. These decisions will affect what rights farming families, often living in the poorest areas of the poorest countries of the world, might be able to expect in the years ahead. And at this same Rio meeting, crucial decisions on the future environmental impact of the food we eat and the way chemicals are used to produce it, are expected to be made. So if you care about how your food is produced and you also care about humanity please read on, visit www.globalagriculture.org and sign the 'Time to act' and Nourish9billion-initiative petitions.
14 June 2012 | 0 Comments
| Recommended by 6 Rob Haward:
Conversion of all of the world’s agricultural land to organic could reduce carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by 49 giga tonnes/year, delaying climate change by 4 to 5 years. The research presented by Urs Niggli at the conference, a professor at one of Europe’s leading research organisations, showed that in a 16 year trial organic farming offered the potential to sequester 2.4 tonnes of CO2e per year more carbon than an equivalent non organic farm. The benefits were most marked in horticultural holdings but were demonstrable in every farm type.
09 February 2011 | 3 Comments
| Recommended by 2 Tim Young:
A short film about Uprendra Kumar Mohanta, an Indian farmer who's using worm compost to bring life back into his soil.
01 February 2011 | 0 Comments
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