Category Archives: Interviews

Safeguarding the oceans for fishing, trade, a blue economy and blue ecology

Safeguarding Life Below Water is the aim of  Sustainable Development Goal 14. Here, David Vivas* from the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) discusses a wide range of issues arising from the recent UN Conference on the Ocean including … Continue reading

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Chocolate Has a Name – come and speak with it

Ghanaian-born human lived experience story-teller Adelle A’asante grew up in Ghana but now lives in West Yorkshire. She comes from a long line of cocoa farmers and story tellers and set up Africaniwa where ordinary individuals are given the space … Continue reading

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The multiple roles for agriculture, forestry and other land use change in mitigating climate change – findings from latest IPCC report, interview with Dr Jo House

The latest almost 3000 page full report on Mitigation of Climate Change from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has just landed. Here Dr Jo House, Reader in Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Bristol, and a … Continue reading

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Food, poverty and ‘The Bread and Butter Thing’ – intercepting food surplus to avoid waste and feed people

It’s not a food bank nor a shop, The Bread and Butter Thing (TBBT) is an intermediary that intercepts food that would be surplus in today’s food system and dumped. TBBT turns it into bags of more affordable food for … Continue reading

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Cutting the harms #agriculture does, GHG emissions and increasing #resilience – some key priorities for the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

The US-based, non-profit Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy has aimed to foster sustainable rural communities and regions for over 30 years. Here, its Executive Director, Dr Sophia Murphy outlines their key priorities. These include cutting the harm industrial agriculture … Continue reading

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Protecting biodiversity for food systems in the face of climate change 

Biodiversity, food systems and climate change are inextricably linked. The recent COP26 on climate change in Glasgow got worldwide coverage but it was sandwiched between the two-part COP15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Kunming China – which has … Continue reading

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Changes to UK food and farming to reach net zero less than those between 1940s-1980s says Prof Neil Ward

Prof Neil Ward* argues the changes needed for climate change mitigation in agriculture in the UK are less dramatic than those between the 1940-1980s but more challenging owing to the different neo-liberal ideology prevailing now. We discuss the changes instigated … Continue reading

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Food system lessons from Canada’s experience with Covid-19

In this short interview, Rod MacRae, associate professor in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University, Toronto discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic hit Canada’s food system. Despite its apparent robustness, the pandemic exposed many of the vulnerabilities in … Continue reading

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Stop eating to extinction and maintain food biodiversity says Dan Saladino

Dan Saladino’s written an engrossing account of some of the world’s rarest foods in ‘Eating to Extinction: The world’s Rarest Food and Why We Need to Save Them‘. In this conversation he discusses why, tells some of the stories and … Continue reading

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Vulnerability and resilience of Pacific Island food systems in the face of climate change

I’m grateful to an old Fijian friend of mine for linking me up with Dr Mary Taylor. She was a lead editor for an exhaustive 573 page book on the ‘Vulnerability of Pacific Island agriculture and forestry to climate change’. … Continue reading

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