Food Security

Research by small farm businesses could help boost crop yields

Farmer-led R&D crucial for sustainable food supply

By Rod Addy

Global agricultural yields are dropping and more farmer-focused research is urgently needed to strengthen sustainable food supply, according to an article published in Nature magazine.

The government is likely to accept the recommendations of the Elliott review, said its author

Government will take my advice: Professor Elliott

By Rick Pendrous

The government is likely to accept the recommendations from an independent inquiry into last year’s horsemeat contamination scandal, according to Professor Chris Elliott who conducted it and published his interim findings last December.

Lack of investment threatens the UK's leading position in plant science, warns a new report published today

UK plant science in crisis because of skills shortages

By Rick Pendrous

The UK’s world leading position in plant science is in jeopardy from funding shortages and a lack of stable investment in essential skills, a new report from the UK Plant Sciences Federation (UKPSF) released yesterday [January 28] warns.

The French authorities made 21 arrests earlier this week, as part of investigations into a new horsemeat scandal

Fresh horsemeat scandal hits France

By Michael Stones

Global pharmaceutical firm Sanofi has said it was the victim of fraud, after French police raided its offices in France and arrested 21 people elsewhere, during investigations into claims that horsemeat used to develop medicines was sold illegally for...

In the UK and US, most food waste occurs in foodservice or in the home

Boost waste research to secure food supply

By Gary Scattergood

A leading academic says he’s prepared to “put his head on the block" and insist that every dollar spent on research for reducing food waste will have a greater impact on improving food security than the equivalent amount spent on increasing production.

The Nestlé boss warned water shortages threaten food security and social and political stability

Nestlé boss praises higher food prices and speculation

By Mike Stones

Higher food prices and food price speculation should be welcomed, the boss of the world’s biggest food company Nestlé told the audience at the City Food Lecture at London’s Guildhall this week.


Paul Polman: Biofuel subsidy regime has spectacularly backfired

By Elaine Watson

Unilever boss Paul Polman used his time on the podium at last night's City Food Lecture in London to unveil a radical new manifesto to improve food security and launch a blistering attack on “well-meaning but ill-conceived” policies on biofuels.

Science is key to ensuring food security

Science is key to ensuring food security

I think it is bizarre that the two big food issues for 2010 are obesity and food security. On one hand we are eating too much food, but on the other,...

In crop form

In crop form

By Rick Pendrous

Europe's biggest wheat business is on a mission to assist a second green revolution in the food supply chain, reports Rick Pendrous