Archive for the 'Food' Category

Counting costs of climate change

October 12th, 2017 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Global warming impacts cause substantial economic damages, hurts human health in many ways, influences the drivers of human migration, and it can jeopardise development for many of the world’s poor.

Destabilising the climate can destabilise societies.

Counting the costs of climate change is a challenge since the social costs can be hard to calculate and include the impact of human suffering.

Hermann Lotze-Campen, Professor at the Agricultural Economics Department at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and chair of Research Domain Climate Impacts and Vulnerabilities at PIK, said “science shows that limiting global warming is much cheaper than just doing nothing about it – the costs of inaction could be a multiple of the 2% of global economic output that mitigation might roughly cost.”

“However, these current estimates don’t take into account the costs of health impacts and additional deaths, of people leaving their homes, of potential mass-migration, and of sustained poverty.

These are complex issues we are trying to address scientifically, along with the economic costs and damages,” he said. Continue reading

Waitrose ‘Grow and Sell’ scheme expands across the Bailiwick

April 30th, 2015 by Waitrose

Waitrose 'Grow and Sell' kit for schools (please click image to expand)

Waitrose’s ‘Grow and Sell’ pack for schools (please click image to expand – image courtesy of Waitrose)

Waitrose will deliver ‘Grow and Sell‘ packs to school children in Alderney, Sark and Herm later this month following strong interest in this scheme from Guernsey schools.

The ‘Grow and Sell’ scheme has already given out 37 kits to Guernsey schools.

The scheme aims to encourage seven to eleven year old children from across the UK and the Channel Islands to grow their own produce, which they can then sell to Waitrose customers.

The kit, which has been specially designed by Waitrose to get school vegetable patches up and running, includes seeds, equipment and step-by-step growing instructions and aims to promote healthy eating and increase pupils understanding of where their food comes from.

Aurigny has kindly provided the flights for Kelly Divall, community matters co-ordinator at Waitrose Rohais, to travel to Alderney to deliver the kit to St Annes School. Continue reading

Changing the climate with what you eat

March 30th, 2014 by Chalmers

Greenhouse gas emissions from food production may threaten the UN climate target of limiting global warming to 2° Celsius, according to research at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, which is published in “The importance of reduced meat and dairy consumption for meeting stringent climate change targets” in the Journal of Climate Change.

On Monday 31 March 2014 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) presents their report on the impacts of climate change.

Carbon dioxide emissions from the energy and transportation sectors currently account for the largest share of climate pollution.

However, a study from Chalmers now shows that eliminating these emissions would not guarantee staying below the UN limit.

Emissions from agriculture threaten to keep increasing as global meat and dairy consumption increases.

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The line shows how much total emissions must be reduced to meet the 2°C target with large certainty. The bars show future agricultural emissions at current trends (blue), if agricultural productivity increases and technical measures are implemented (orange), and if technical measures are combined with a 75 % reduction in meat and dairy consumption (green). The distance between the bars and the line shows the total possible magnitude of emissions from energy, transport, industry and deforestation. Image: Fredrik Hedenus (click graph to expand)

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The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees beautifies and adds biodiversity to Delancey Park

January 27th, 2014 by Richard Lord

The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees volunteers planted trees on east-facing terraced land marked on maps as wildlife habitat in Delancey Park, St Sampson on Saturday morning, 25 January 2014.

Wood cleared from the terraces in Delancey Park by Community Service (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Some of the wood cleared from the terraces in Delancey Park by Community Service (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The St Sampson parish land, which had become overgrown and had accumulated litter, was cleared by Community Service before The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees volunteers began planting.

The States of Guernsey Culture and Leisure department maintain Delancey Park to provide facilities such as the football field, the bowling green, and the children’s playground.

Litter on the terraces where The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees planted trees (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Litter, which was removed, on the terraces where The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees planted trees (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Andrew McCutcheon, Secretary of the Guernsey charity, said Continue reading

Food security threatened as pests move poleward with global warming

September 18th, 2013 by University of Exeter

Colorado potato beetles, Leptinotarsa decemlineata, mating on a potato plant in the Netherlands. This important pest of potato crops was introduced to Europe from North America (click image to expand - image ©RLLord)

Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata, mating on a potato plant in the Netherlands. This important pest of potato crops was introduced to Europe from North America (click image to expand – image ©RLLord)

A paper ‘Crop pests and pathogens move polewards in a warming world‘ published in the journal Nature Climate Change reveals that global warming is resulting in the spread of crop pests towards the North and South Poles at a rate of nearly 3 km a year.

The research by scientists at the University of Exeter and the University of Oxford, shows a strong relationship between increased global temperatures over the past 50 years and expansion in the range of crop pests. Continue reading

Guernsey Welfare Service wishes to build food bank collection network

July 24th, 2013 by Guernsey Welfare Service

Jenny Simpkin Guernsey Welfare Service volunteer; Allen Edwards, branch manager of Waitrose Admiral Park; and John Copeland, Director of the Guernsey Welfare Service at the entrance to Waitrose (click image to expand - image courtesy of Guernsey Welfare Service)

Jenny Simpkin Guernsey Welfare Service volunteer, Allen Edwards, branch manager of Waitrose Admiral Park and John Copeland, Director of the Guernsey Welfare Service (click image to expand)

More than 1500 items of tinned and packaged food were donated at the Guernsey Welfare Service food bank collection held at the Waitrose Admiral Park and Rohais branches on Saturday 13 July 2013.

Customers were given a suggested shopping list when entering the stores including items such as pasta, pasta sauces, cereals, coffee, sugar and biscuits to be distributed to people in need within the local community.

The Guernsey Welfare Service, an independent charity that operates under the umbrella of ‘Churches Together in Guernsey’, works in partnership with other local agencies to provide financial and practical support to those in need on the island.

One of the services the charity offers is a food bank and in a typical week the charity gives out 20 food parcels to local Continue reading

Guernsey’s food waste highlighted by the Public Services Department

June 25th, 2013 by States of Guernsey Public Services Department

A gull ripped household waste black bag exposes a bag of lettuce on Hauteville, St Peter Port on 19 April 2013 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

A black bag of household waste ripped open by a herring gull on Hauteville in St Peter Port on 19 April 2013 reveals a bag of lettuce (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The States of Guernsey Public Services Department is highlighting just how much food is currently going in the bin to help encourage islanders to reduce this waste.

The States of Guernsey department unveiled its latest campaign outside the Town Market, in St Peter Port where it has installed stacks of tyres and a pile of old bin sacks to offer a visual reminder of how much food is currently wasted.

Last year, an estimated 4,500 tonnes was thrown away by Guernsey households.

That is equivalent to around 165 kg per home in Guernsey – or the weight of around 15 tyres.

It also accounts for more than a third of what goes into local bins.

Based on an average of two black sacks a week, that would equate to around 30 bags a year for each household. Continue reading

Show Hospice-tality in September to raise funds for Les Bourgs Hospice

June 23rd, 2013 by Les Bourgs Hospice

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A Hospice-tality afternoon tea at St Pierre Park Hotel on 14 July 2013 for a donation of £15 or more to Les Bourgs Hospice (click image to expand)

Food, drink and good company are the key ingredients for a new Les Bourgs Hospice fundraiser.

Hospice-tality for our Hospice will see islanders hosting social events for friends or family who will be asked to make an anonymous donation to Les Bourgs.

All the money raised during the month-long event in September 2013 will go towards the hospice’s £800,000 annual running costs.

“We wanted to create an event that everyone could take part in, no matter whether they are old or young, live in a small flat or a large house, have lots of friends or a select group,” said Trish De La Mare, Les Bourgs fundraising administrator. Continue reading

Green Legacy Guernsey wins main 2013 Conservation Awards prize

June 14th, 2013 by Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards

The Green Legacy Project organised by Nigel Clarke of Queux Patio Plant Centre won the coveted Insurance Corporation Conservation Award for 2013.

In the first five months of 2013, the Green Legacy Project, now in its fourth year, has provided workshops in Green Legacy’s eco garden at Queux Patio Plants to almost 400 school children. The workshops have covered ‘Wiggly Worms’, ‘Nature’s Recyclers’ and ‘How Plants Grow’.

The Green Legacy Project has also organised Council for Learning Outside the Classroom training for Guernsey school teachers on 20 June and 21 June 2013.

The Green Legacy Project gives both social and economic benefits by educating people about Nature and plants.

This long term project received £2,000 from Insurance Corporation to fund its activities. Continue reading

Friends of the Earth concerned about weed killer in peoples’ urine

June 13th, 2013 by Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth and GM Freeze have expressed concern that laboratory tests have found traces of the weed killer glyphosate in the bodies of people in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Macedonia, Malta, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the UK.

Urine tests of 182 volunteers in 18 European countries, found that on average 44% of samples contained traces of glyphosate.

Of the ten samples taken in London in March 2013, seven had weed killer traces.

All the volunteers who gave samples live in cities, and none had handled or used glyphosate products in the run up to the tests.

This is the first time monitoring has been carried out across Europe for the presence of the weed killer in humans.

Glyphosate is one of the most widely-used weed killers in the world, used by farmers, local government and gardeners, as well as sprayed extensively on some genetically modified crops which are then imported into Europe for use as animal Continue reading