Food for Mankind

Genetic modified crops: the solution for the worl..

Can gentech help us feed all 10 billion mouths in 2050? An estimated 815 million people go hungry these days according to a report of the World Health Organisation (WHO). This is about 11 % of the world population. Shocking… read more

Food or fuel? How environmental is biofuel?

At the time of the Arab oil export embargo in the 1970s, importing countries asked themselves if there were alternatives. In the United States, Europe and Brazil, the idea of growing crops to produce fuel for cars was appealing. The… read more

Edible insects could cut harmful emissions

Eating insects instead of beef could help tackle climate change by reducing emissions linked to livestock production, research suggests. Replacing half of the meat eaten worldwide with crickets and mealworms would cut farmland use by a third, substantially reducing emissions… read more

Costs and benefits of organic farming:

Yields Benefits: Some studies suggest that the stability of yields might be higher under organic management. Costs: Yields under organic management are on average 19 to 25 per cent lower than under conventional management. Context: Many cereals show higher yield… read more

Organic is only one ingredient in recipe for susta..

Many people choose organic thinking it’s better for humans and the planet, but a new UBC study published in Science Advances finds that might not always be the case. “Organic is often proposed a holy grail solution to current environmental… read more