Food waste

Food waste

SINGAPORE: If you and your family made it a point to finish every morsel of your Chinese New Year meals, then you have all done exceptionally well. This is because every year, Singapore sees hundreds of thousands of tonnes of food going to waste. According to the National Environment Agency, the country wasted approximately 790,000 […]

Assessing the resource potential of Sal seeds in India

Assessing the resource potential of Sal seeds in India

A study, by Dr Girish Chandra Pant of the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, assessed the present and future resource potential of Sal seeds, existing market mechanisms and their role in livelihood generation for rural communities in India. The Sal tree, Shorea robusta, is an evergreen species native to India, Myanmar and Nepal. […]

Caution urged to resolve food crisis

Caution urged to resolve food crisis

The world has faced food crises twice since the latter half of the 20th century. The first one took place in 1973. The world end of term grain stock ratio, which had been on the decline for some years because of the worldwide grain failure, sank to a record-low of 15.4% in 1972. In the […]

Food Ingredients in Cosmetics: Sustainability Implications

Food Ingredients in Cosmetics: Sustainability Implications

London – A wide range of food ingredients are making their way into cosmetic & personal care products. Organic Monitor finds the trend is driven by consumer demand for health & wellness products, however it brings sustainability implications. As shown at the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit Latin America (www.sustainablecosmeticssummit.com/Lamerica), the move towards food ingredients is partly […]

Urban agriculture: Growing food in our cities

Urban agriculture: Growing food in our cities

City dwellers have been growing their own food for millennia, but the concept of urban agriculture been formally recognised in research and public policy since the mid 1990s. Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) has played a leading role in forging this new discipline and raising awareness of it. In issue 25 of Urban Agriculture […]

India’s unjust land grabbing from poor famers

India’s unjust land grabbing from poor famers

Dr Vandana Shiva The biggest companies buying the land were Korean Steel giant Posco Steel, French nuclear energy company, AREVA, and Indian land developer, Jaypee Infratech Ltd. TEAR Fund executive Steve Tollestrup said fertile land was being taken from poor tribal farmers across several regions of India, including rural areas where TEAR Fund partners were […]

Vegetable Tour Guide

By Elizabeth Alington It’s full-on for Andrew Seager most of the year. From dawn to dusk last Spring, he was busy preparing raised beds, spreading compost, goading the tractor into doing the hard-yard and sowing beans, carrots, radish, basil, and zucchini. ¬†Somewhere along the way he managed to transplant Autumn’s fare of kohlrabi, broccoli and […]

Slow Food

“Slow Food has contributed to the growing awareness of health concerns in Europe” The Slow Food movement was founded by Carlo Petrini in Italy to combat fast food. It claims to preserve the cultural cuisine and the associated food plants and seeds, domestic animals, and farming within an ecoregion. It was the first established part […]