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The latest Environmental News affecting the Food and Drink Industry, from food miles and food security to sustainable food production, carbon footprints and biofuels to grants, technology and regulations

Thames Water turns Slough's phosphorus-rich poo into "Viagra for plants"

Just a few yards from the choked M4 motorway, beyond the massive settling tanks and a steaming, 500-tonne mountain of black sewage sludge at Slough treatment works, a modern alchemy is taking place that could potentially keep the world in food for a few more years.

68 per cent of Tesco bagged salad ends up as waste

The vast majority of salad grown to be sold in bags by Tesco ends up as waste, shocking new research by the supermarket giant has revealed.

Small investors raise nearly £500m for UK green energy and environmental projects

The number of small investors in Britain putting their money into environmental and green energy projects is growing rapidly with the market now valued at almost £500 million, according to a new report.

‘Aquaponic farms’ could enable cities to produce more food sustainably

A system of food production that combines fish breeding and vegetable growing without the use of soil could transform our urban roofspaces into highly productive sustainable farms and help address a looming global food crisis, according to scientists.

Better farming techniques could slash GHG emissions by 30 per cent

Greenhouse gas emissions from livestock could be cut by up to 30% if farmers adopt better techniques without having to overhaul entire production systems, according to a study released on Thursday by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Healthy soil: do ecosystem services hold the answer to food security and biodiversity?

Healthy soil is so important to our planet’s systems that it could be our best hope in the face of climate change, food crisis and biodiversity loss. Katherine Rowland unearths its value.

‘The Archers’ farm offers community chance to invest in sustainable farming

The farm that originally inspired the long-running Radio 4 drama The Archers is to be brought into community ownership in a £1 million bid to preserve sustainable farming and support local, green businesses.

Google's Sergey Brin funded carbon-cutting test-tube burger project

The man who has bankrolled the production of the world's first lab-grown hamburger has been revealed as Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

Sustainable food: the case for shortening food chains

The horsemeat scandal brought the issue of transparency in the food chain into the public eye, fuelling growing discontent as well as political debate. As the UK's Labour party points out in its recent food policy review, no one has been prosecuted yet and questions about the transparency of food chains remain unanswered. Could ways of shortening food chains prevent this from happening again?

GM crops should be used to solve our food crisis, says Paterson

Britain would be acting immorally if it did not make GM crop technologies available to poor countries, Owen Paterson told international crop scientists in a major speech that was dismissed by his opponents as "agribusiness propaganda" but was welcomed by scientists as "overdue".

Climate change from overseas is a bigger threat to UK than climate change from home

In order to protect national interests and sustainability measures at home, UK investors must consider their environmental impact abroad, a major advising firm has warned.

British smallholders join 'peasant' alliance to fight grip of corporate food giants

The English peasantry may have officially died out in the Middle Ages, but a new breed of small-scale farmers who live off a few acres and celebrate life on the land have been accepted to join the world's biggest peasant organisation.

Friends of Earth calls for action on pesticide as weed-killer shows up in human urine samples

The food and agriculture industries in the UK could be facing a potential blight in their short and long-term futures due to a new finding of weed-killer chemical, Glyphosate, in urine samples from consumers all over Europe, including Britain.

No time to waste: UK firms take action on the food we throw away

Food and how to save is the theme of today’s World Environmental Day, so what are UK companies doing to reduce the two billion tonnes of food wasted globally a year? Saran Mishra reports.

UK food security under threat from land grabbing by multinational firms, say MPs

For the sake of the UK consumers and food security, a group of MPs is asking UK-based corporations to be absolutely transparent about land deals abroad.





Thames Water turns Slough's phosphorus-rich poo into  "Viagra for plants"
Slough's excreta contains more phosphorus than any other area in south-east England
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