Passing up on palm oil: when, how and why to avoid it

Palm oil, along with soy, beef and timber, is one of the 'big four' agricultural commodities driving deforestation today. For this reason, the plant- native to West Africa and now cultivated in much of the tropical world- has come to be associated with something inherently bad, something that should be avoided at all costs. Its … Continue reading Passing up on palm oil: when, how and why to avoid it

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Do we need soil? – Cutting out the middle man

In the 21st century, an unfortunate combination of increasing populations and dwindling resources means that we are experimenting more than ever with how to produce our food. Modern farming practices tend to be resource-intensive, requiring inputs such as chemical fertilisers and pesticides, huge swathes of land and fossil-fuel dependent techniques. Another finite yet crucial resource that modern … Continue reading Do we need soil? – Cutting out the middle man