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Can multi-national businesses make farming more sustainable?

To what extent are multi-national businesses trying to increase their sustainability? And how much power do they have to be successful? Based on a recent study, the answer to the first question seems to be ‘more than I thought’ while the second question has the opposite answer.

Opponents of genetically-modified foods often cite corporate control of the food system as a reason for their rejection. They are generally referring to Monsanto, but when researching for my book I discovered a far more complex picture. Continue reading

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Does ‘ethical omnivore’ beat ‘vegetarian’?

There are many reasons to reduce our meat consumption:┬áthe extra land needed to produce┬álivestock rather than crops, the impact of meet on climate change, the poor conditions livestock are often kept in… This has prompted many people to go vegetarian, but have they really found the answer? Continue reading