Will climate change seal the end of the Mediterranean diet?

We often read about how climate change will impact the way we live as if it was something yet to come, a threat still far away from us. Most of us think that maybe our children or (the more optimistic ones) our grandchildren will have to deal with it, but not us. We are still the lucky ones, the last generation with the chance to live the life we have always dreamed of, before global warming will take a toll on humans, for the foolish way we have been living on Earth.

But is it really like that? Are we…

Here’s why trees could save coffee production from climate change

Once the Covid-19 pandemic will be swept away by mass vaccination programs, we will most likely feel that we have finally gotten our world back. No more virus, no more problems which are threating our daily lives (at least in the Western World). It will be then, when we will be enjoying a cup of hot coffee in front of the TV that we will hear back on the news a problem that the virus outbreak put in the background: climate change. …

The bitter reality of unsustainable coffee and what you can do to stop it

I will take the chance of coming across as blasphemous to the coffee lovers out there, but I have to admit that coffee had never been really part of my life, at least before University. Once I stepped into college world I soon understood that, without coffee, I would have not gone very far ahead. Eventually coffee became for me, as it does for thousands of students around the world, the perfect ally to shake off the morning tiredness caused by countless nights of late studying and partying.

Although the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has left its mark also on the…

How this agronomic technique shaped the future of agriculture

If you have been thinking your whole life that potatoes could only be produced by potato plants….well you are right! But then, how is it possible that we have tomato plants that can produce potatoes as well? Is there some weird genetic modification going on, that allows for such a “wonderplant”? Not at all: potato plants still produce only potatoes and tomato plants only tomatoes….but the TomTato has both crops on same plant! Confusing right? Let’s see how a TomTato works!

What is grafting, how does it work and why do we do it?

From UNESCO World Heritage to cause of health concerns

Are you looking for a sparkling wine which is low in calories, easy to drink and affordable at a fraction of the price of Champagne? If so, Italian Prosecco is what you are looking for! But you already know that, right? If you are from the U.S. or the U.K. you probably do. In fact, in the first half of 2020 Italy exported this well-known sparkling wine to the United States for a value of 126.0 million euros, and to the United Kingdom for a value of 114.9 million euros.

Six months deep in the pandemic and Prosecco sparkling wine…

It’s time for some agro-justice in our fields

If you follow updates on environmental news, chances are you are familiar with the term monocropping in agriculture and the related debatable consequences it causes both at the field and the landscape level.

Or…was maybe monoculture the term you heard? Now, you may be wondering if there is even a difference between the two? Are they both equally impacting and, if so, what are the possible alternatives that could be implemented in our fields?

Monoculture or monocropping?!

Rome was saved by the geese and your crop might be saved by the ducks!

Farming can be tough. Let’s say you are a farmer and your crop is being badly infested by squishy snails and/or ravaged by hungry grasshoppers. Not your lucky growing season, huh?

You just can’t get rid of the little pests eating up all your crop. What should you do? Before you reach for the car keys to run to the first farm supplier to grab liters of slug pellet or locusticide (yes, there are pesticides just for locusts in case you need them), wait. Have you tried ducks?

Yes, you read that right. Ducks — the quacking cure-all for pest…

What we may lose in nutrients in the upcoming years

It is probably a little known fact that climate change will severely impact not only the quantity of the food we produce (at least in some areas of the World, such as the so-called hotspots of global warming) but also the quality of it. Such a change may not sound as relevant as a reduction in the harvest, since the latter could lead to a problem of food security, especially for those rural communities which are already struggling to get by with their current production level. …

Bioplastics? No…Avoplastics!

One of the reasons why I usually take dinner’s leftovers as lunch to the office, is the fact I cannot stand the view of the supermarket’s 250 grams of packaged pre-cooked meal, wrapped in more plastic layers than you would see around the luggages on the airports’ conveyor belts. I can’t help it. The very idea of the environmental footprint of packaged food, despite its debatable taste, makes me lose my appetite.

Life in plastic…is not fantastic

How seaweeds could become a key factor in sustainability.

For those of you who never had the experience of walking along the beach when the sea washes on the shoreline tons of dead seaweed, I can tell the smell is not the best. Unless you have some weird fetish for stinky stuff, you would probably try to make your way as fast as possible through the swarm of overly excited flies feeding on the carpet of rotting plants (yes, seaweeds are actually plants) laying underneath your feet.

Stop where you are! Pick up some of that green slime and take it home! You are walking away from a gold…

Mattia Bradley

Agronomist and traveller. Passionate about sustainability and philosophy. Admin of blog https://agrisustainia.wordpress.com/

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