Vertical farming: a future way to feed urban populations?

By 2050 it’s estimated there’ll be over 6.5 billion people living in urban spaces, and vertical farming could play a growing role in feeding them. The farms use far less space, water and transport than traditional methods of farming, although their power consumption is a constant challenge. Persis Love travels to Germany and the UK to explore the sector’s developing technologies and business models.

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Buying more ugly food: an imperfect waste solution?

Every year, around 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted, enough to end world hunger many times over. One often-mooted solution to the problem is buying more so-called ugly food: perfectly edible produce that doesn’t meet supermarkets’ high aesthetic requirements. But critics say ugly food is seldom actually thrown away, and there are more effective ways to fight waste. 

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