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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Plastic Pollution: a Huge risk for the Environment and Human Health

dcabe551cf64ee30e3a9efe54763da5fPlastic is literally omnipresent in our lives today, so much that we could refer to us as the plastic generation. But this material that supported innovation, has two big downsides. Plastic is piling up in the world’s oceans, where five ‘plastic islands’ have been identified. The Pacific Trash Vortex, may be as big as Europe. Also, plastic release micro-particles that dispersed in the water, contaminate fish, entering in the human food chain. Continue reading

Automatic Behavioural Responses: Why we Overeat

ego depletionEating decisions are influenced by a variety of factors that are both internal (that is, unconscious behaviours) and external, which can all lead us to increased caloric consumption and poor dietary choices. This has implications for everybody, and support the view, that it is not always the willpower or ourselves to blame. Continue reading

Eating junk, getting sick: a look on new interventions to solve the issue

The connection between processed food and chronic disease; the rise in the costs of national healthcare systems; the necessity to revise our lifestyle and habits. Several streams of scientific research offer new insights on one of the most primordial human affairs: the relation between people and food. Continue reading

Food Waste: where and how much?

food-wasteFood is lost or wasted throughout the supply chain, from initial agricultural production down to final household consumption. Food loss and waste amount to a major waste of resources, including water, land, energy, generating unnecessary GHG emissions. As FAO reports, fruit and vegetables are the most wasted products accounting for up to 45% . Continue reading

Behavioral Economics in Public Policy

timthumbResearch by cognitive psychologists and economists has documented a number of systematic deviations in human thinking and decision-making, challenging the traditional assumption that we are rational agents. The insights from behavioral economics are increasingly employed by governments to improve public policies. Continue reading