TAG: Food production

Is This the Future of Home Food Production?

Could this be the Future of Home Food Production?

If you’ve got the room, putting in a home garden can help decrease your food costs (and food miles) and put fresh food on your table. But without a greenhouse, that doesn’t work so well in the winter time, so unless you start an indoor garden, you’ll have a tough time growing fresh produce through the cold season. And for many people living in apartments, a home garden or a greenhouse simply isn’t an option, so an indoor garden is the only way to grow some of your own food, regardless of the season. Thanks to products such as the… read more

Effect Change Today – World Environment Day

World Environment Day poster

World Environment Day 2013 is here today! Get ready to green up Portland, Oregon, the chosen North American host city, with Mongolia receiving the global host distinguishment. How does W.E.D. differ from Earth Day, or all the other “green” holidays? It’s simple: Earth Day is celebrated worldwide by people of all faiths, races, political backgrounds, etc. It’s a day for humanity to take the time to recognize the fragility of our planet, and create personal vows to make better eco-choices. On the other hand, World Environment Day is a time to be specific about the things we’d like to change. Each… read more

What is World Environment Day?

Eyes on Mongolia

World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972. It was the first occasion in which the political, social and economic problems of the global environment were discussed at an intergovernmental forum with a view to actually taking corrective action. It is celebrated on the 5th of June each year and is hosted by a different city with a different theme and is commemorated with an international exposition in the week of 5 June. The aim of World Environment Day is to promote activity at community levels that will foster changes in our behaviour to improve… read more

The Footprint of Our Food

Food Footprint

Behind neatly packaged foods are hidden costs. Retail foods come at a high price compared to local operations. Not merely a hollowing of your pocket; but a cost to your health, as well as the public’s safety, time and resources. Many products begin on commercial farms, as plants that are treated with pesticides. Pesticides are used to keep produce attractive and pest free. Unfortunately, some pesticides are absorbed by plants and can’t be removed by simply washing fresh produce. This is a major health concern. Once in factories, many items are packed in airtight bags and placed in oversized containers…. read more

Farms in the City

Farm in the city, Holland

It is very exciting to report on three new and inventive ways to produce and sell food on the retail scene. These promise to utilize modern sustainable agriculture techniques to make good food available to the local masses. All encompass the theme that healthy food should not have to go on a massive mile journey to get to the table. These fresh food concepts are friendly for the environment as well as the surrounding shoppers. Located in the East End of London, FARM:shop is just what its name says. This farm inside a shop aims to make fresh food accessible to the neighboring city… read more

Overfishing with FishLove

Fishing boat

An organization in the UK that is attempting to make a bold statement against over fishing has taken to celebrities posing naked with dead fish. If they wanted everyone’s attention I think they received it that’s for sure! Should the point be not to kill fish rather than kill them to pose naked with them? According to FishLove’s website, Scientists predict that all marine life will effectively disappear from our oceans by the middle of this century if nothing is done about over-fishing. The people in these photographs want over-fishing to stop. Of course, with over fishing you also have… read more

7 Billion Mouths

Agricultural production vs growing population

Increasing agricultural production to feed the world’s growing population is often seen as integral to achieving sustainable development. According to the United Nation’s Environment Programme the world’s population will increase from 7 to 9 billion by 2050 with agricultural production needing to be increased to keep pace. This is an old argument often traced to the work of British scholar and Reverend Thomas Malthus who, at the end of the 18th century argued that food production always plays catch-up with human population growth. But, as the FAO’s own data also demonstrate, world food production has consistently outstripped population growth for at least the last 50 years. So what… read more