Sustainability

Rising vegetable oil demand linked to deforestation

Rising vegetable oil demand linked to deforestation

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Rising global demand for vegetable oils has accelerated deforestation, claims a report from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) – but there are deforestation-free alternatives available for businesses.

Four crickets provide as much calcium as a glass of milk and dung beetles contain more iron than beef, says the project's leader. Photo credit: Just Walk Away Renee

Are 3D printed insect snacks the taste of the future?

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

Hurdles in food safety, taste and consumer acceptance await on the London South Bank University’s quest to join two big food innovations: 3D printing and insect-based ingredients.

Europeans use more than their fair share of cropland

Europeans use more than their fair share of cropland

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Europeans must reduce consumption of meat and dairy as part of a plan to cut agricultural land use by about a third, claims a UN report presented at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos on Friday.

Plant-based diets: The rise and rise of flexitarian eating

Special Edition: Plant-based diets

Plant-based diets: The rise and rise of flexitarian eating

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Meat reduction – or ‘flexitarian’ eating – is on the rise. In this special edition article, FoodNavigator asks why are consumers reducing meat, and how prevalent is the trend?

Special edition: Plant-based diets

Feeding the planet in 2050: with or without animal products?

By Maggie Hennessy

In order to feed a growing global population that’s on track to reach 9 billion people by 2050, some scientists argue that people will have to adopt a predominantly plant-based diet to sustain both the environment and humans’ well-being. As part of FoodNavigator-USA's...

EU public procurement directive could boost Fair Trade

New EU rules could boost Fair Trade

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

European public authorities will be able to preferentially choose Fair Trade products, after a majority of MEPs voted in favour of a new public procurement directive last week.

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