Eating Insects: the New Frontier of Sustainability

52a6bf87bf710958b26f7ca7c2f80077The news is spreading about a future use of insects for human consumption and in agriculture. 9 billion people are expected to live on the earth in 2050, and climate change is forcing us to rethink the ways we eat and produce our food. But are we ready for that?
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WHO vs. European Food Safety Authority: Battle on the Risks of Glyphosate

monsanto-roundupGlyphosate is one of the most commonly used herbicides in the world, and its residues are increasingly found in food and the environment. WHO stated that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic“. The European Food Safety Authority responded it is “unlikely” to be carcinogenic. A story of missing data, disputes among institutions and scientists, and mostly trade secrets. Continue reading

Good for the Palate, Bad for the Environment

As consumers, we are increasingly alienated from the food on our tables. When we shop, we rarely wonder about the origins of the delicious steak or fish filet we are buying. However, our basic need for nutrition has now major ethical and political implications. Recent studies carried out by the international scientific community have shed light on the influence and damage to the environment that comes from the animal food industry. Continue reading

Industrial Agriculture: an Environmental Catastrophe

In the past decades, the food system has become one of the principal determinants behind climate change, because of the massive use of natural resources (i.e. water, land, forest), the dependence on fuel-based energy, and the emission of enormous quantities of pollutants into the atmosphere. Modern agricultural food production is genuinely an industrial model, oriented to a large-scale food production, requiring an indiscriminate use of natural resources, and where commodities are traded at the international level. The results are high rates of pollution, erosion of land, scarcity of resources, pollution of waters and loss of biodiversity. Continue reading