The Complexity of Organic Farming in the EU: Unraveling Sustainability

When examining agriculture, it's imperative to adopt a comprehensive perspective that encompasses not only science and technology but also its intersections with politics, economics, and policies. In this blog post, we will explore the complexities of organic farming within the European Union (EU) since 2012, acknowledging both its potential benefits and challenges. We will also address the valid concern raised about the assumption that 'organic agriculture' is inherently good or sustainable, emphasizing the importance of practices that truly prioritize sustainability.

Sustainable Development: Beyond Illusions and Towards Real Solutions

Welcome to the second blog post in our series on the interconnections between food systems and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this post, we take a critical look at the limitations of the SDGs in addressing the complexities of food sustainability and security. The United Nations' SDGs were adopted in 2015 as a global framework to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.

The siren song of “miracle cures” for obesity:

People don’t become obese overnight.

Given the negative impact obesity has on so many aspects of our lives - for the individuals affected, their families, all the way up to health and social care systems that pay for the care and the lost productivity resulting from obesity – it is not something we can ignore.

Bringing to market an obesity drug, however, such as the recently approved Novo Nordisk drug, will not offer a miracle cure despite what the marketers say; it may risk leading to worse health effects as set out below.

Farm to Fork Philosophy

“To one degree or another,” writes Michael Pollan in The Omnivore’s Dilemma, “the question of what to have for dinner assails every omnivore, and always has. When you can eat just about anything nature has to offer, deciding what you should eat will inevitably stir anxiety ... .” Pollan contrasts the omnivore with a species like the koala, which does not have to – indeed, cannot – choose between different possible food sources. Humans are at the opposite end of the food choice spectrum. We are, so to speak, super-omnivores.