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

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

Has the sustainable food movement been trumped?

It is the subject that has been on everybody's jaw-dropped lips this week as the United States of America has announced that their new president-elect is to be Donald Trump. The presidential campaign has been like no other before, causing endless discussions, furrowed brows and brain racking in pubs, offices, cafés and dining rooms the … Continue reading Has the sustainable food movement been trumped?

Desert Cities: Socio-Ecological Resilience in Dubai

Resilience is in no way a new concept; there exist many traditional societies who have sought to ‘buffer’ themselves against external shocks for a long time (Walker and Salt, 2006, xi). This term itself however came from the discipline of physics (Sander et al, 2000, 9), later adopted by ecologists to refer to the ability … Continue reading Desert Cities: Socio-Ecological Resilience in Dubai

Producing and Managing Environmental Risk in the Scientific Community

In recent history there has been a noticeable shift from the risks of external dangers, such as natural disasters, famines and floods, to the manufactured risks created by humans (Giddens, A. 2002, p26). In other words, a change from risks concerned with what nature can do to us to a more ecocentric concern of what … Continue reading Producing and Managing Environmental Risk in the Scientific Community

Rethinking Socio-Ecological Problems Through Resilience

Prevailing norms of sustainable development today are characterised by the assumed compatibility of economic growth and environmental protection. This idea emerged particularly after the publication of the Brundtland report in 1987, which advocated that both environmental and developmental issues could be solved together, hand in hand (Adams, 2005, 291). Sustainable development eventually has come to … Continue reading Rethinking Socio-Ecological Problems Through Resilience