News

2017


2016

September

25 Poor food 'risks health of half the world' (BBC News).

16 Grasshoppers - the new sushi? (BBC News).

2015

December

22 Hot and violent (MIT Technology Review). Researchers have begun to understand the economic and social damage caused by climate change.

November

Insects should be part of a sustainable diet in future, says report (The Guardian).

2014

May

22 West Antarctic ice collapse 'could drown Middle East and Asia crops' (The Guardian).

April

25 Asda: 95% of our fresh produce is already at risk from climate change (The Guardian).

February

8 Severe floods 'threaten food security', say farmers and environmental groups (The Guardian).

January

23 Sweet science: researcher develops energy-dense sugar battery (RenewableEnergyWorld.com). [Dr Zhang] has published articles on creating edible starch from non-food plants and developed a new way to extract hydrogen in an economical and environmentally friendly way that can be used to power vehicles.

2013

December

20 Tax meat to cut methane emissions, say scientists (The Guardian).

19 Dramatic decline in industrial agriculture could herald 'peak food' (The Guardian).

October

25 UN rapporteur pushes for legally binding right to food (EurActiv).

4 Plan to rear flies on industrial scale for making fish food (The Guardian).

August

5 World's first lab-grown burger is eaten in London (BBC News).

2 Scientist to eat lab-grown beefburger (The Guardian).

June

16 The future of food: insects, GM rice and edible packaging are on the menu (The Observer).

10 Bug Mac and flies: Are insects really food's future? (New Scientist).

'The real threat to our future is peak water' (The Guardian). See also Global threat to food supply as water wells dry up, warns top environment expert (The Guardian, 2013-07-06).

May

13 Breed insects to improve human food security: UN report (The Guardian). See also Edible Insects: Future prospects for food and feed security (FAO, May 2013); Let them eat crickets – it's more sustainable (New Scientist, 2013-06-04).

April

14 Millions face starvation as world warms, say scientists (The Observer). See also Climate change: how a warming world is a threat to our food supplies (The Observer, 2013-04-14).

12 Synthetic anti-malarial compound is bad news for artemisia farmers (The Guardian).

12 Jeremy Grantham, environmental philanthropist: 'We're trying to buy time for the world to wake up' (The Guardian).

March

Insects could be the planet's next food source... even if that gives you the creeps (The Guardian).

February

26 How agroforestry schemes can improve food security in developing countries (The Guardian).

20 Halve meat consumption, scientists urge rich world (The Guardian).

2012

November

24 Growing food in the desert: is this the solution to the world's food crisis (The Guardian).

October

15 If extreme weather becomes the norm, starvation awaits (The Guardian, George Monbiot).

15 We must accept that Britain cannot rely on world food supplies (The Guardian, Natalie Bennett). 

13 UN warns of looming worldwide food crisis in 2013 (The Guardian).

September

Teaching a microbe to make fuel (RenewableEnergyWorld.com).

2 The era of cheap food may be over (The Observer).

August

30 World Bank issues hunger warning after droughts in US and Europe (The Guardian).

The implications of overpopulation are terrifying. But will we listen to them? (The Guardian). See also Ten Billion – review (The Guardian, 2012-07-19).

July

26 Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists (The Observer). Reports referenced in this news report:

23 US drought could trigger repeat of global food crisis, experts warn (The Guardian).

22 America's corn farmers high and dry as hope withers with their harvest (The Guardian).

22 Food price crisis feared as erratic weather wreaks havoc on crops (The Guardian). Ruth Kelly, Oxfam's food policy adviser says people in the Western world spend around 15% of their income on food, but that rises to around 75% in developing countries, so any change in food prices has a dramatic impact on household budgets.

10 British farmers told to grow curry ingredients for sustainability (The Guardian).