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25 March 2018 - Is organic agriculture, under pressure from consumers, turning into the central element of the transition from a conventional “chemical” agriculture towards a more sustainable agriculture?


The answer is clearly : yes. [read]



24 January 2018 - Are industrial megafarms the solution for feeding the world?


The answer is clearly “no” : they do not offer a sustainable solution to the food issue, be it from a technical, environmental, social or even economic perspective [read].



17 January 2018 - What future for the European Union’s Common Agriculture Policy beyond 2020?


Criticised for being inefficient and complex, will the CAP evolve and tackle the new challenges of European food and agriculture, while it is feared that negotiations will more likely focus on the balance of contributions vs. payments received by each Member State than on key issues that are so essential in the eyes of the European population? [read]



22 December 2017 - Seafood and tobacco blamed for being responsible for the high level of metal contamination of pregnant women in France


Food for thought as you decide on what you will have on you menu during the forthcoming holiday season! [read]



19 December 2017 - The wheelings and dealings of the sugar industry revealed by three Californian researchers


The sugar industry knew the negative effects of their produce on health since the ‘60s but did everything possible to hide them.

Doesn’t the lack of trust of consumers towards a “system” supposed to protect them carry with it a serious political risk? [read]



18 December 2017 - Growing inequalities are a threat to world social and political stability


Since 1980, inequality increased in almost all countries. The main gainers of growth have been the small minority of the richest, losers have mainly been the middle-class in rich countries, which may explain political changes observed of recent in those countries. [read]



26 November 2017 - Large manoeuvres in the global food system: concentration and financialisation consolidate its industrial nature


Increased risks of monopolistic behaviour, dissipation of accountability, obstacles to innovation constitute threats on the sustainaility of our food. [read]


7 November 2017 - How tax evasion reinforces financial power, weakens public institutions and policies and perpetuates dependence


The vacuum created in public finance by tax evasion allows the private sector, especially private finance, to increase its influence on governments’ activities. [read]



15 October 2017 - Food-Health nexus: priority to public interest, independent research and reshaped power balance are indispensable ingredients for reengineering our food systems and make them healthier


Dominated by private interests, our food systems affect negatively our health, generating severe human and economic costs. [read]



10 October 2017 - $1.2 trillion annually, is the estimated cost of obesity by 2025, unless proper action is taken


Wednesday 11 October will be the third World Obesity Day [read]



15 August 2017 - Brexit and the UK food system: many issues and one opportunity


The UK is on a knife-edge: either Brexit will lead to an improved, a more sustainable, fairer and more inclusive food system, or it will generate a more unequal food system that will offer less protection to consumers’ health, exploit the environment and produce a degraded social justice. [read]



29 July 2017 - Climate finance : for whom is the World Bank working?


Global finance intends to sharpen its instruments to take over our food and agriculture, on the ground of combatting climate change. [read]



13 July 2017 - Our food system: some reasons for hope…


The strong growth of organic products and of fair trade shows that some positive changes are taking place. [read]



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Last update:    March 2018