In spring, farmers' stores of winter veg will be running low and the new season's crops are not yet ready to be harvested. This period is called the "hungry gap". During the hungry gap, Britain relies even more heavily on imports to feed itself.
The delicacy of our food supply networks has been exposed, and now is the time to reflect on how our systems could change for the better, as well as our behaviour as consumers - demonstrated by those who have pledged to support local businesses more during this time.
As the pandemic exacerbates the issues in our global food system, we wanted to understand why the system is failing, and how we can build a more resilient one in the future.
Voices all over the world are telling us that we urgently need to transform food production to make it more sustainable. But what is sustainability? What does it mean?
Can we really feed 40,000 people with a 'SkyFarm'? Or will everyone in London have a 'Personal Food Computer' by 2040? These are the sorts of provocative questions being posed ahead of the upcoming Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) conference.
Scale Microgrid Solutions and Schneider Electric Power Indoor Farming Company Fifth Season to Deliver Reliable and Sustainable Food
Microgrid features Scale Microgrid Solution's standardized modules, including a rooftop solar array, natural gas generator and a lithium-ion battery energy storage system.
-Global food systems generate $12 trillion of hidden costs, from environmental damage to public health -Revolutionizing current agri-food systems would bring economic returns of around $5.7 trillion, creating new business opportunities of up to $4.5 trillion each year by 2030 and creating environmental and health benefit
Company adds veteran leader Carl Casale; set to transform agriculture and achieve 2030 goal of reducing global synthetic chemical loads in agriculture by 80%
High consumer expectations, low levels of appreciation make it tough to be a farmer, finds new research
Farmers should care most about "providing safe, healthy, abundant and affordable food," said a majority of survey takers. Yet those same respondents would prefer their food come from smaller/specialty, local or organic farms-which can't necessarily compete on cost.
While conventional plant cultivation practices cause climate change, deforestation, loss of biodiversity and ecosystem degradation, this is not the case with sustainable agriculture.
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