Modern agriculture requires massive quantities of synthetic fertilizers, especially nitrogen, but they are a huge cost and a source of pollution. Now, a scientist at the University of Nottingham has developed what he claims is an environmentally-friendly process that allows virtually any type of plant to obtain naturally-occurring nitrogen directly from the atmosphere.
Sustainability and Disruption
In recent years, food waste has arisen as a major topic as we come to terms with feeding an extra two billion people by the middle of this century. Rather than just relying on additional food production to feed a growing planet, the opportunity to reduce or prevent post-harvest food waste offers an attractive option to wage a war on food waste.
Waste and sustainability are key trends and points of focus for the food and drinks industry for 2013 and beyond. Steve Osborn, Leatherhead RA's Business Innovation Manager, argues that the food industry can learn much from sport, especially cycling, in taking waste management and beneficiation further. [Caption: Cadbury Flake, originally a new product from waste]
An experiment in self-sufficiency will transform a previously derelict Manchester printworks according to so-called vertical urban farming techniques that could be a hallmark of future food production.
A largely unremarked milestone was passed recently. A tipping point, if you will. Unlike all the resource peaks that environmentalists keep threatening are imminent, like “peak oil”, this one is good news. We’ve reached “peak farmland”, writes Ivo Vegter, a leading SA environmentalist journalist.
A Belgian company, Ecover, long-time producer of a range of green cleaning products, has embarked on an ambitious project to reclaim plastic trawled from the sea and create fully sustainable and recyclable plastic bottles.
When it comes to the right shopping bag, paper is often thought of as the greener choice. This intuition is actually "environmental folklore", according to Australian design and sustainability consultant, , speaker at the recent prestigious TED2013 conference in the US.
Food Lovers Market in Noordhoek, Cape Town, claims it's the first retailer in South Africa to truly invest towards a zero waste solution by adopting a composting method which breaks down cooked food waste, helping to minimise the strain on overflowing landfills.
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