Sustainable food | Fairtrade

“Fairtrade is a strategy for poverty alleviation and sustainable development. Its purpose is to create opportunities for producers and workers who have been economically disadvantaged or marginalized by the conventional trading system. If fair access to markets under better trade conditions would help them to overcome barriers to development, they can join Fairtrade.” Fairtrade Labelling…

Sustainable food | What about fish?

Plenty of fish in the sea…? Are you sure!? Many stocks of the popular whitefish such as cod or plaice are in bad shape – there may be plenty on the shelves, but there are not many left in the sea. For example, bluefin tuna are as endangered as rhinos, but they’re still been fished…

Sustainable food | Less meat and diary

According to figures from the United Nations, animal farming globally causes more greenhouse gas emissions than all of the cars, lorries and planes in the world put together, and the effect is increasing (1). The reasons for this are associated with several factors: Large amounts of animal feed need to be produced to make relatively…

Sustainable food | Organic farming

Farming contributes under 1% to the UK’s total economic activity each year (1), but it takes up 74% of land in the UK (2) and has an immense impact on our environment (3). Industrialised agriculture has also caused environmental damage such as soil erosion, water pollution, and damage to wildlife habitats by using pesticides and…

Sustainable food | Organic food

What is organic food? The word “organic” refers to the way farmers grow and process agricultural products, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products and meat. Defined more by how it cannot be made rather than how it can be made, organic farming practices are designed to encourage soil and water conservation and reduce pollution….

Sustainable food | Local & Seasonal

Let’s go a little deeper on the principles of sustainable food. What does it mean that food is better if it’s local and seasonal? The food we eat is being transported longer and for longer distance from producer to consumer [food miles], and there is increasing demand for a wide range of ready-prepared and exotic…

Sustainable food | What is this about?

The consumption of food and the agriculture systems account for between 20 and 30 per cent of climate change (1). At the moment, there is no legal definition of ‘sustainable food,’ although some aspects, such as the terms ‘organic’ or ‘Fairtrade’, are clearly defined. However, the experts agree that sustainable food should be produced, processed and…

Sustainabledmu week #4 | 21st – 28th of october 2012

Look what happened on @SustainableDMU Twitter account last week! Continuing talking about of energy use, we addressed the issue of heating office spaces, and in particular at DMU. In addition, we tried to explain the links between our actions and the carbon emissions that they cause; a topic that will be further analysed in the…

Have a lovely weekend!

just a short line to wish you all a lovely fall weekend. have you planned anything exciting this weekend? I am going on a coach trip to stonehenge, and am pretty happy of going, although it takes more than three hours to go and as much to come back. and i had an alarm set for 5.30…