One of my favorite things about writing this blog is that it enables me to have really interesting conversations with really interesting people. Case in point: when I visited Monteverde, I knew that this was where Kenneth Lander, the co-founder of one of the most interesting business models in the coffee world out there, had … Continue reading A Transcontinental Farmers’ Market: Exclusive Interview with Kenneth Lander from THRIVE Farmers
“You know the greatest paradox? All the certification organizations have offices in Costa Rica – and yet, the country has the smallest share of certified coffee in Central America.” I stare, taken aback by the passion of the speaker. I am in a conference room with the specialists in Costa Rican coffee production, about to discuss … Continue reading Is Costa Rica Breaking Out Of The Certification Box?
So… I have a really exciting announcement for you – Food (Policy) For Thought is growing! We [now I can say “we”! Woot!] have a new guest contributor, Helena! I’ll let her introduce herself in person, so without further ado – welcome on board, Helena! Hey everyone. I’m Helena from Stockholm and I will from now on … Continue reading Does it matter if we say food loss or food waste?
We often hear about the fact that ‘just producing food is not enough’ if we want to confront the problems of global malnutrition – it also depends on what kind of food we grow and eat. That is the mission of the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition. They’re a panel of experts … Continue reading How Does Nutrition Fit Into Food Policy? @Glo_PAN
Yesterday, as I stepped out of the DG AGRI building, head full of terminology and legislation non-sense, this bag caught my eye… what would that be about? In fact, a little stand had set up shop in the park adjacent to the European Commission’s main agriculture and rural development building and challenged all the bureaucrats … Continue reading Campesiños in the City
Español When you are out and about and in need for a snack, vending machines are often the most convenient option. Once you get there, though, all intentions about eating healthy go flying out of the window when faced with the choice between chocolate bars, chips and possibly peanut butter pretzels. This zero-sum game between … Continue reading Have A Break – Have A … Fruit?!
Short answer – yes. And yet, we too seldom think that way, as a new study by WRAP shows. Surveying over 5,000 UK consumers, they find that more than a quarter regularly leave food behind on the plate – either because it’s too much or because they didn’t like it – and that 57% find … Continue reading Is It Food Waste When I’m Eating Out?
When we talk about sustainable supply chains and the need for transparency in the entire production process of a product, oftentimes it’s argued that such detailed information is impossible to provide because of the complexity of our global food system. Well, think again – a French organic yoghurt company called “Les 2 Vaches” (“The 2 Cows”) just launched a website that brings corporate transparency to the next level.
“We do everything we can to trace our ingredients back to their sources. We won’t tell you that we are perfect, but we will tell you what we are doing!”
According to this analysis in Sustainable Brands, 89% of French consumers “state it is essential for them to better understand what are their products are made of, and 60 percent find that there is insufficient information.“
Thus, the yoghurt company decided it was time to step up their game. On their website, you can choose the yoghurt you prefer (they all have dreamy names like “very wild blueberry” or “delicate raspberry”) and watch as you zoom in on a map that shows you all the ingredients in the product and their origin.
In the example above, for instance, you can tell that their organic cane sugar came from a plant in Sao Paulo, Brazil, whereas the rest of their ingredients are from Europe.
Happy Tuesday! If anybody else need help to start their day (my pot of coffee is already brewing), here are some interesting and entertaining little videos to get your brain juices flowing: This is a satirical take on the meaning of the “all-natural” label you can find on so many products and whose lack of … Continue reading Let’s Watch Some TV – Just the Good Kind Though 😉
This is pretty shocking news – when testing what kinds of fish are sold under which labels, in some states as many as 52% were mislabeled, mostly in order to sell less expensive fish en lieu of the more high-end ones and still capture the price premium. Not only that, but sometimes fish was even … Continue reading “What Fish Would You Like?” “… Do I Have A Real Choice?”