New high-tech vertical farm opens in the UK

Man holds a lettuce growing under artificial light on a shelf

What’s going on here? The world’s largest vertical farm has opened in Gloucestershire, growing salad leaves three times faster than a regular farm can. It’s an indoor farm where produce grows in stacks of trays up to 15 high. It’s kept at a balmy 27 degrees with 75% humidity and has 14,500 square metres of growing space. What does this mean? This…

Urban farming is making a comeback: Q&A with a first-time urban farmer

Woman kneels in flower garden holding flower bouquet to her face.

In the US, it was once commonplace to see vegetable gardens and small-scale farms in urban settings. WWII victory gardens once grew nearly 40% of the country’s produce, and farm animals ran loose in city streets. Over the decades, the divide between urban and rural became more stark, as the US agricultural system moved drastically towards monocultures and large swaths of urban…

“It’s the coffee we have for breakfast, the chocolate we eat, the coal in our barbecues, the paper in our books.”

What’s going on here? These are the words of Pascal Canfin, of the European Parliament (environment committee) which has recently passed a law banning the importation of goods that are linked to deforestation. This approach aims to prevent products entering the European market which are produced at the expense of natural forests and habitats. What does this mean?  The new rules will…

No pollinators, no food: Saving the birds and the bees (mostly the bees)

Without bees pollinating our crops, we would be hard-pressed to grow much of anything without costly and time-intensive intervention. The relationship between bees and plants is a win-win. The plant provides the pollinator with nectar and pollen for food, and the pollinator transfers genetic material for the plant that allows it to reproduce. This makes another crucial bee fact particularly concerning: The…

Scotland among first to pay for climate change by sending funds to Malawi

What’s going on here? Scotland becomes one of the first countries to pay for climate change by sending money to Malawi through the new “loss and damage” fund. What does this mean? At COP27, a “loss and damage” fund was created to ensure developed countries foot the climate crisis bill. Loss and damage is one of three different types of climate action…

Beyond Veganuary: How climate change is affecting our food supply, and what we can do about it.

an aerial photo of two harvester machines moving across a wheat field

It is well documented that our addiction to meat and dairy is harming the planet, emitting nearly 15% of all global greenhouse gas emissions. Campaigns like Veganuary encourage us to switch to plant-based diets in order to reduce our impact on the climate. Because of this, veganism is on the rise and many of us, especially in January, are thinking more consciously…

Agroforestry: the future of farming?

A white sheep is in the centre of the frame looking towards the camera. It is standing on grass in-between two rows of trees. A group of sheep can be seen in the background underneath the canopy of the trees.

Agroforestry isn’t a new phenomenon; Indigenous peoples have been practising it for thousands of years, but it’s now gaining popularity across the globe. What is agroforestry?  Agroforestry is a land management approach in which trees are grown on the same area of land as crops or pasture. There are many types of agroforestry, but the two most common approaches are:  1. Silvopastoral…