Information about Sustainable Food products and why they are important important.
Food Miles - Pros And Cons
"Food miles" are a concept that is often tossed around in environmentally concerned circles these days. You may have even seen celebrity chefs discussing the concept of food miles during their cooking shows, or seen advertisements that make you aware of the food miles issue.
New Low-chem Products from Biopesticides Developers can Help Meet Challenges of Water ScarcityThe changing climate due to global warming, deforestation and other issues is threatening water shortages in some places and too much water in others.
This has enormous implications for flooding some populations out of places where they can live, but also for farming, as population growth means there is little new land available for agricultural development.
What is Composting All About?
These days, "green" demands are constantly thrown in our faces from every angle. "Buy organic!" Easy enough. "Recycle!" Okay, I can do that. "Compost your trash!" Wait...what? And why? Well, there are actually many good reasons to compost your trash, and it is a lot easier than you might think!
First of all, what is compost? Compost is really nothing more than decomposed plant and animal materials that are decomposed through aerobic decomposition and turned into a very rich dark soil. This rich soil cannot be beat and is great for many uses, including use as a soil conditioner and fertilizer. Compost soil is 100% organic.
Food shopping in Recessions - Why Can't Healthy Food be Affordable?
Global food prices have been volatile for a couple of years now, leaving shoppers to make an uncomfortable choice between the cost of their shopping in a recession and buying healthy, natural foods.
So how have food shopping habits changed over this period? What has been the impact on the growing trend for natural, healthier foods and can anything be done to make food prices less volatile?
Oil price rises in early 2008 had a major impact on food prices - both because of the increased costs to farmers of producing them, plus increased costs of packaging materials and of transporting to the shops.
Fair trade, Carbon Footprints and Affordable Food - Biopesticides help Balance the Books
The UK's most recent 2010 Fairtrade Fortnight, the Big Swap, encouraged consumers to swap their usual purchase for a fair trade alternative.
Almost a million people rose to the Fairtrade Foundation's challenge between February 22 and March 7 2010.
That's great for producers in the developing world, many of them small farmers who often struggle to make a living when they have to compete with import protection and the costs of buying the seeds and fertilizers.
Here's what the Department for International Development has to say on Fair trade: "DFID welcomes Fairtrade Fortnight. It supports its message of making trade work for the developing world. But our commitment to fair trade is not just confined to two weeks in February. We believe that trade is a very powerful way to reduce world poverty, which is why we work throughout the year to improve trading opportunities for poor countries."