Sustainability

UK government could introduce tax on single use plastics ©iStock

UK mulls single-use plastic tax

By Katy Askew

The UK government has launched a consultation on approaches to reducing plastic waste, with fiscal measures including a tax on single-use plastics on the agenda.

Vanilla pods drying in the sun. © GettyImages/guezmer

How to ensure stable supplies in a volatile vanilla market?

By Niamh Michail

Demand for natural, origin vanilla is on the rise. But how to ensure supplies from cyclone-prone Madagascar are stable and sustainable? FoodNavigator spoke to Symrise about food credits for farmers, diversified sourcing and quality bonuses.

Fairtrade Foundation is building awareness of the certification scheme during Fairtrade Fortnight

Is price a barrier to ethical food sales?

By Katy Askew

Almost half of shoppers in the UK are discouraged from buying ethical food because of its price – but the Fairtrade Foundation insists fairtrade products offer “something for everybody”.

Blockchain is evolving to become less energy dependent, say proponents. © GettyImages/iLexx

Can blockchain make our food system more sustainable?

By Niamh Michail

Proponents of blockchain say it can make our food system more sustainable from farm to fork. But when Bitcoin alone is said to use more energy than Ireland annually, is there a fundamental chink in its armour?

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