July food blogs for thought

August 4th 2014

It’s already August. Lots of sunny days, the end of the school year and it’s holiday time for most of you we hope. July was a very social month for the LiveWell team! We hosted our first-ever Twitter chat in conjunction with the release of a unique shopping guide to a healthy, sustainable life. A guide… read more

Livestock and Climate Change: Emissions and Mitigation Opportunities

July 28th 2014

  In September 2013, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) published the report, Tackling climate change through livestock: A global assessment of emissions and mitigation opportunities. This represents the most comprehensive estimate made to-date of livestock’s contribution to global warming – as well as the sector’s potential to help tackle the problem. Greenhouse gas… read more

Solving the food and farming puzzle

July 21st 2014

The alarming decline in birds, butterflies and other wildlife in the UK countryside over the past 50 years might seem to be disconnected from the concurrent rise in the nation’s healthcare bill. What could the loss of colour and variety from our fields and forests have to do with the £14 billion the NHS spends… read more

Can Fuelco turn the tide on Brazil’s commercial agriculture?

July 14th 2014

The mascot for the Brazilian World Cup was a three banded armadillo. It’s a smiling, football playing Brazilian emblem. I don’t normally pay much attention to football mascots, seeing them as nothing more than a merchandising opportunity. Yet, with England failing to light up the tournament I kind of lost focus on the game. I… read more

June food blogs for thought

July 7th 2014

June was an amazing month for LiveWell. We reach a project milestone with our third stakeholder workshop ‘Facilitating the adoption of healthy, sustainable diets in the EU’. Almost 80 members of the Network of European Food Stakeholders met in Brussels 11-12 June to create roadmaps for the adoption of healthy, sustainable diets on a national… read more

Urban health challenges and the ageing population

June 9th 2014

In 2010 there was a demographical shift whereby, for the first time in history, the percentage of people living in an urban environment was greater than the percentage of people living in a rural one. The health of these people is one of great importance as the health inequalities for urban residents are much more… read more

May food blogs for thought

June 2nd 2014

May has come to an end, and what a busy month it was. The LiveWell team has been preparing for our third and final stakeholder workshop ‘Facilitating the adoption of healthy, sustainable diets in the EU.’ This will take place in Brussels 11-12 June and promises to be an exciting event – follow the proceedings… read more

The complexity of eating locally

May 26th 2014

The composition of our diet has always changed, as has how we define local cuisine. Perhaps the most significant change came about after 1492. Columbus discovered America and so began some of the biggest changes to our diet. Before then we did not have chocolate, tomatoes, chilli or potatoes in Europe, all which are –… read more

The LiveWell diet’s other footprints

May 19th 2014

Since the launch of LiveWell for LIFE, the team has been repeatedly asked: why do the LiveWell Plates only consider carbon footprint? There are a number of reasons for this. First of all, because carbon footprint life-cycle assessment was – at the start of the project – better developed than for example, that of water… read more

Learning to LiveWell by leading a sustainable LIFE

May 12th 2014

After three months of being an intern with LiveWell for LIFE, I’m two-days away from finishing my internship – an internship that has certainly changed the way I see food. Before my internship, my interest in and knowledge about the food industry centred on the animal welfare issues in factory farms. I owe the discovery… read more