Will climate change seal the end of the Mediterranean diet?

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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

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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

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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…

An Italian(’s) dilemma

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This one is gonna be tough. As a severe pasta addict myself, writing about the unsustainability of its production is gonna make my heart skip a bit, but I knew the time would eventually come to address this heartbreaking topic. So, hold your breath, and let’s dive into it.

Quite a few years ago, when Facebook was going through its golden age and millions of millennials were posting daily the most random stuff, I came across an interesting picture: a fusillo (the well-known helix-shaped pasta) with the underneath statement “This is what Italians’ DNA looks like”. The most susceptible among…

Water and soil conservation in agriculture

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If I were to compare an obsolete technology with a more efficient once, I’d probably pick the replacement of faxes with e-mails. When e-mails came into existence, faxes, despite having played a major role in the sector of communication technology, gradually disappeared.

Regenerative farming and conventional agriculture can be compared to e-mails and faxes, respectively. Conventional agriculture is, in the society we live in today, nothing more than an old-fashioned way of farming, which has had undoubtedly a key role in granting access to food to millions of people, but is now inefficient and unable to provide a sustainable answer…

When the threat comes from the seas

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I’m not a great fan of salty food myself, but I think it is safe to say that salt should be present only in the last stage of the life cycle of a crop, which is on the dinner table, and in any case definitely not on the field where it is grown. …

Well, it’s complicated

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I know, the title sounds odd. Usually, when we talk about climate change, the best case scenario looks like an imminent apocalypse, ready to wipe us off from the planet. Although we certainly should be very much concerned about the worrying effects of climate change, truth is that different areas of the world will be hit in very different ways, and some will actually benefit from it (at least in the early stages). Ok, maybe “will benefit from it” is a too confident statement, but climate scientists are generally in agreement that the northern latitudes (above 45°) will be impacted…

We can breed better plants, but we can’t breed better soils

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When we think of climate change and agriculture, the first images that come to our minds tend to be yellowish plants wilting under a scorching sun or fields infested with new and exotic pests, now acclimatized to a warmer and wetter weather. What we don’t think about, is that plants are not the only organisms to be affected by the devastating impacts of climate change. While we strive to breed better plants, capable of withstanding the increasingly harsher environmental conditions, there is a delicate component of an agroecosystem that is often neglected, despite being of pivotal importance. Yes, you guessed…

3 agriculture digitalization projects I took part in

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As a matter of fact, we live in an era where having access to the internet makes the difference between making a living or not, for the majority of people. Despite the attempts of portraying life in the countryside as the last stand of a tech-free existence, chances are that nowadays even the remotest of hermits has a smartphone. Let’s get real! As I am writing this, someone somewhere is probably developing an App, which allows a shepherd to remotely herd a flock of sheep while peacefully minding his own business kilometers away. …

A short story of sustainability and adaptation

Grapes on Pantelleria Island. Photo by Fabio Gambina on ALL FOOD Sicily

Disclaimer: this is not a guide on how to produce a best-selling wine! So, if you thought of quitting your job to follow a rural dream filled with grapes and money, I will stop you right there.

However, if you are curious to know how some people managed to actually make a best-selling wine and UNESCO Heritage in the worst environmental conditions possible for crop cultivation, here you will find out.

Vine needs the sun…but who said it needs the rain?

Mattia Bradley

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

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