sustainability


The war in Ukraine, food crises and global uncertainties

Agronomist and Research Fellow Michele Nori describes the likely effects of disrupted cereal exports from Russia and Ukraine, particularly for dependent regions in Africa and the Middle East. Local control of agricultural systems and food supplies, he argues, remains key for coping with growing uncertainties.

Climate change: We need to talk about methane

Ambitious emissions reductions are on the agenda at the COP26 summit starting in Glasgow this weekend. In this post, Principal Investigator of the PASTRES project, Ian Scoones, points out some common misconceptions about the relationship between livestock and climate change, and why differentiating between extensive and intensive livestock production and their contrasting contributions to greenhouse gas emissions is so important.

The dark side of sustainability standards

Consumers pay more for ‘sustainable’ products, but what are they really getting? Rebecca Ravalli looks at sustainability standards and their lack of regulation, shedding light on how companies profit from the commodification of sustainable production.