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Sustainable use of pesticides

In Projects by Elta Smith

The use of pesticides, including their health and environmental risks, is an issue of high societal concern in the EU. It’s a polarised topic, with strong views about their benefits and harms. The EU already has one of the strictest …

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Producer cooperation and agricultural sustainability

In Projects by Elta Smith

The EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) provides direct income support to farmers, market measures to enhance food security, and development measures to promote rural economies. The CAP recognises the need to address welfare and distributional concerns for producers and promotes …

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Resilience in our food systems

In Blog by Elta Smith

Resilience. This one word to me encapsulates everything about the challenges of the last year and the path out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Resilience is the capacity to face adversity and remain strong, but also to be open to change, …

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Is 3D printing the future of food?

In Blog by Elta Smith

The year is 2035. Sitting at my desk, later than usual finishing up the day’s work, I open an app on my smartphone and search for ‘pizza’. ‘You have the ingredients for that’ pings back to me and I click …

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Why aren’t we eating (more) insect protein

In Blog by Elta Smith

A lot has been written about the potential for insect proteins to become part of our diets. The topic has been investigated in the scientific literature for more than 30 years.  Much of this research has tried to account for …

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Why we aren’t eating (more) insects

In Blog by Elta Smith

I recently wrote about the potential for insect proteins to shape human and animal diets. Despite decades of research and hype, insects have not become a mainstream food in westernised cultures. Many factors are responsible for the current state of …