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Food

On Meat
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Halcyon In Kal… 13 November 2017

Our current meat-heavy system of food production seems to many unsustainable, a waste of resources and a source of pollution in the form of pesticides and hormones as well as methane gas from livestock manure.

On Diet
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Halcyon In Kal… 4 February 2016

I stopped eating meat back in 2006. There are many reasons to consider no longer eating meat - e.g. every vegetarian meal that you have can reduce your impact on the planet, saves animal lives and perhaps most importantly can improve your health.

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Halcyon Food Headlines Halcyon Identifies 6 January 2015

Halcyon curates the most significant food-related content from carefully selected, top quality sources. Please contact us if you'd like our help with food-related challenges.

On Water

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As global population increases and people become wealthier, agricultural production will need to likewise increase, but food systems may become more stressed because of competition for water.

Water is also used in everyday products at astounding rates - e.g. a single cup of coffee costs 130 litres of water, while about 18,900 litres are needed to produce 1 kg of roasted coffee.

According to The Ripple Effect, The Fate of Freshwater in the Twenty-First Century (Alex Prud’homme, © 2011, Scribner, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.):

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Food is the rare moral arena in which the ethical choice is generally the one more likely to make you groan with pleasure - Barbara Kingsolver

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Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants - Michael Pollan

Inspired by local food communities

In Todmorden, Yorkshire, vegetables and herbs grow almost everywhere, even in the cemetery and outside the police station.  Everywhere you turn edible plants abound. In this talk given at TED London Salon, Pam Warhurst explained why and how she and others created Incredible Edible, a revolution not only in the way the town eats, but also in the way they think about public space, and which is inspiring other communites around the UK and increasingly, around the world.

Impact of biodegradable packaging Halcyon Impacts 3 September 2012

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An art student invented new vegetable packaging which is 100% biodegradable, with the label text created through laser cutting to avoid the use of ink.  What's more, the labels are embedded with seeds, so that a supermarket purchase can also result in a homegrown harvest.