How the European food chain reminded the EU to get its act together

April 30th 2014

In 2009, Rockstrom et al. reminded us that not only does the Earth have physical boundaries; humankind is operating outside the ‘safe operating space’ needed to ensure a stable living environment. Unfortunately for policy-makers, even though we increasingly understand how we overstretch the web of rubber bands called Earth, we still find it hard to… read more

Have a colourful plate

April 29th 2014

The old adage ‘variety is the spice of live’, at first appearance seems to be alive and well in our food system. When I pop down to the local shop there is a mind boggling array of cereals, crisps, ready meals and “foodie favourites”. There are meals and cooking sauces from Malaysia, Sri Lanka, South… read more

Childhood obesity – a global health crisis

April 24th 2014

Obesity has become a worldwide epidemic that is not just affecting adolescents and adults but children as well. Behavioural factors play a larger role in this increase, with a number of children eating more, or consuming large amounts of food high in fat, sugar and salt. In short, there’s an imbalance between calories consumed and… read more

Top tip: best reads about the IPCC report

A cheat sheet on the food-related findings of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)   The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was released at the end of March 2014. Two sections within the AR5 address issues relating to climate change, food… read more

Tackling climate change, one bite at a time

March 31st 2014

At a time when the world’s most eminent climate scientists produce their report on the climate change impacts, adaptation and resilience, we’re reminded why climate change represents such a serious threat to species, habitats and communities which WWF has spent 50 years working to protect. Recognising those threats, here at WWF-UK, we have several programmes… read more

LiveWell at the ICUH 2014

March 13th 2014

LiveWell for LIFE is very proud to have taken part in the 11th International Conference on Urban Health (ICUH), which took place in Manchester, UK from 4-7 March 2014 within the astonishing walls of the Manchester Central Convention Complex. The ICUH[1] is described as the premier non-governmental global forum for information-exchange among urban health stakeholders,… read more

Sugar is big business

March 11th 2014

Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched new draft guidelines on sugars intake. Here, the WHO highlights the benefits of reducing sugar intake ‘to below 5% of total energy intake per day’. This is the equivalent of six teaspoons a day. The statement is a welcome move by the WHO, especially at a time where… read more

LiveWell webinar – 31 March 2015

March 4th 2014

Challenging the myth of cheap food Join our speakers for a free, hour long debate on the true cost of our food. The environmental and health costs of our food consumption are currently not reflected in food prices. Our western diets – high in meat, fat, sugar and highly-processed food – place costs on public… read more