Routledge 2016, edited by Simon Shackley, Greet Ruysschaert, Kor Zwart and Bruno Glaser
This user-friendly book introduces biochar to potential users in the professional sphere. It demystifies the scientific, engineering and managerial issues surrounding biochar for the benefit of audiences including policy makers, landowners and farmers, land use, agricultural and environmental managers and consultants, industry and lobby groups and NGOs.
One of the most important consequences of climate change could be its effects on agriculture. Although much research has focused on questions of food security, less has been devoted to assessing the wider health impacts of future changes in agricultural production.
A recent European Commission brief argues that rooftop gardens in cities could supply cities with more than three quarters of their vegetable requirements. The brief is based on evidence from a case study from Bologna, Italy. In 2010, Bologna became the first Italian city to test rooftop vegetable gardens on public buildings.
A new guidance document has been released, which for the first time, brings together in one place examples of planning policies around the UK that support community food growing. Published by Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming, the report sets the planning context in the four nations, and provides the background to community food growing. The bulk of the report is structured around the different issues that food growing helps to address, from sustainability to residential amenity via health and wellbeing, green infrastructure, regeneration and many other agendas.
In response to the threats of population growth and food security, there is an immediate need to establish a new agri-food sustainability paradigm. Earthscan’s new book ‘Sustainable Food Systems: Building a New Paradigm’ compiles an integrated range of social science insights exploring the interventions necessary to build this framework and ‘feed the world’ by 2050.