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


Tales of Disaster from the Tropical Islands

hjvIn ecology, the concept of isolation does not exist. Western-based environmental pollution is intimately linked to the events that are altering natural and human life conditions in apparently remote regions of the globe. Climate change side-effects are tangible in the complex, fragile environments of the world tropical islands, from the Pacific to idyllic Maldives. Continue reading..


The COP21 Agreement, light at the end of the tunnel?

COP21The Agreement has been welcomed as well as harshly criticized. Scientist James Hansen define it a ‘fraud’. Big business representatives played a role behind doors to stop the deal, and the Agreement is deficient indeed. However, 195 countries by engaging in the Agreement made a little step forward, showing that – hopefully – there may be a small light at the end of the tunnel. 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