Food & Farming

Brazil ranked world's most deadly nation for land activists as impunity reigns

A farmer evicted from this home in a land conflict with a powerful rancher poses for a photograph outside of Boca do Acre in Amazonas State, Brazil on May 26, 2017 (© Chris Arsenault, Thomson Reuters Foundation)

Standing beside broken floor boards and corrugated iron that once made-up his two-room house in the Amazon rainforest, Brazilian farmer Manoel Freitas da Conceicao is on the frontline of the world's most violent country for land activists.

Data released on 13th July 2017 by London-based campaign group Global Witness showed that 49 of 200 land rights activists killed last year were from South America's largest country, making Brazil the world's most dangerous nation for campaigners. Read more »

Bee groups embrace new EU partnership with trust the key

Beekeepers, scientists, policy-makers and other relevant parties are to set up a European bee partnership that could transform the way bee health is assessed in the EU.

The pledge was the main outcome of a major scientific meeting held in Brussels on Monday 26th June 2017 entitled “Towards a European Bee Partnership” that was attended by more than 120 delegates from scientific organisations, EU bodies, researchers, beekeeper and farmers’ groups, and NGOs.

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Radical Kitchen at the Serpentine Pavilion: a summer of community picnic talks

Serpentine Pavilion 2017, designed by Francis Kéré. Serpentine Gallery, London (23 June – 8 October 2017) © Kéré Architecture, Photography © 2017 Iwan Baan

Inspired by Francis Kéré’s stories of gathering, debate and community around a tree in his village of Gando, Burkina Faso, the Serpentine Pavilion 2017 will become host to a series of community picnic talks this summer, Radical Kitchen: Recipes for Building Community and Creating Change. Read more »

Countries signed to UN-brokered illegal fishing treaty meet for first time

Fishermen unload their catch of mackerel at a fish market. UN Photo/M Guthrie

For the first time since a United Nations-brokered treaty to stop illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing went into force, the countries that endorsed it are meeting in Norway to discuss how to make it a success. Read more »

The Food Industry is cooking the planet

Large chemical fertiliser producers are successfully taking over the world’s food supply and exploiting it for profit. Image: Stuart Rankin via Flickr

One of the biggest contributors to climate change is the agricultural food industry, but the political will to tackle the issue is lacking.

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Soil Association launches national Organic Served Here award scheme for restaurants

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Organic Served Here is a new award from the Soil Association for restaurants, cafes and eateries that commit to sourcing organic food for their menus.

The Soil Association has launched Organic Served Here, an award scheme for restaurants, cafes and eateries to celebrate their commitment to using organic ingredients. The Organic Served Here scheme assures customers restaurants source between 15% and 100% of their ingredients from certified organic suppliers. Read more »

Study reveals disturbing hunger trends in world's highland areas

While global hunger figures are decreasing, the number of food insecure people in mountain areas rose 30 percent between 2000 and 2012, according to a new study, released today by FAO and the Mountain Partnership on International Mountain Day. Read more »

Divine Chocolate voted the UK's favourite Fairtrade product

The Divine team: Sophi Tranchell (centre), Managing Director at Divine, accepted the award from chef, writer and broadcaster Allegra McEvedy MBE, Patron of the Fairtrade Foundation

Divine's Milk Chocolate with Toffee & Sea Salt was named as the UK's Favourite Fairtrade Product at a reception held on 15 October 2014 to mark 20 years of Fairtrade in the UK. The public praised Divine's chocolate bar for its “innovative flavour”, calling it “just the ticket for an autumnal fireside tea-break”, their “favourite little luxury” and “absolutely scrumptious”. Read more »

Tetra Pak launches carton made entirely from plant based and renewable materials

Tetra Pak, the world leader in food processing and packaging solutions, is launching the industry’s first carton made entirely from plant based, renewable packaging materials. The new Tetra Rex® carton will be the first in the market to have bio-based low-density polyethylene (LDPE) films and bio-based high-density polyethylene (HDPE) caps, both derived from sugar cane, in addition to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paperboard. Read more »

Climate-smart agriculture and new approaches to food systems needed to cope with climate change

Overcoming climate change is central to achieving a sustainable future for the planet's growing population, and food security must lie at the heart of that effort, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said in a speech at the UN Climate Summit in New York this September (2014). Read more »

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