Climate Change

Bringing the natural and organic products industry the latest climate change news from around the World.

Make taxation a tool to ensure the ‘polluter pays’, organic group urges

A new study showing how taxation can be a tool towards a more sustainable, fairer and more transparent food system was launched today at the first edition of the Best Economy Forum.

Organic must be a disruptor again – or say good-bye to the ‘O’ word

Organic must stand up and reclaim its role as a disruptive pioneer – or watch the ‘O’ word vanish in a fog of corporate greenwash.

Soil Association welcomes report that shows Europe can be fed entirely through agroecological approaches

UK organic charity the Soil Association has welcomed a new report which concludes that Europe could be farmed entirely through agroecological approaches – like organic – and still feed a growing populatio

‘Deforestation effect’ means organic is worse for the climate, Swedish researchers claim

Organically farmed food has a bigger climate impact than conventionally farmed food, due to the greater areas of land required and a resultant increase in deforestation globally. 

Pukka Herbs’ 'crop to cup' carbon targets gain SBTi approval

UK-based organic herbal tea and supplements specialist Pukka Herbs has become only the 13th company in the UK (Tesco, Marks and Spencer, and Coca...

100% plant-based agriculture ‘not sustainable’, Holden warns

Monoculture of plant-based cropping is depleting carbon levels to critical point, the founder of the   Sustainable Food Trust, Patrick Holden, warned this week. 

Anti-plastics ‘fervour’ is distracting us from climate change threat, Riverford founder warns

Deepening public and political consternation around plastic pollution is becoming a “dangerous distraction” from a far bigger challenge – the urgent need to control climate change. That’s the view of one of the best-known actors on the UK organic food scene, Guy Singh-Watson, founder of Riverford Organic. 

Mandatory eco labelling for food would be game-changer, says academic

Mandatory environment labelling for food could be a game-changer in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cut air and water pollution, says a prominent UK academic. 

Clif Bar builds region’s biggest onsite solar power system

Twin Falls, US-based organic snack and sports nutrition brand Clif Bar Baking Company has begun construction of the region’s largest onsite solar power system, which when completed next June will supply 30 percent of the 300,000-square-foot commercial bakery’s power annually from clean solar energy.

Swedish supermarket’s app helps customers calculate their shopping cart’s climate footprint

Swedish supermarket chain ICA has launched an app that will help customers calculate the climate footprint of their weekly food shop.

Demand low-carbon products, IPCC urges consumers

One of the key take-homes from the IPCC’s new report on limiting global warming is the role that individual citizens will need to take.

‘Far-reaching, unprecedented changes’ needed to put brake on global warming – IPCC

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change...

Climate change ready: Growing organically in a water stressed world

The time for debating climate change is over, says US organic farming pioneer Bob Quinn - it's already happening, and we need to adapt fast. That's why he has turned his attention to developing climate change ready organic crops that will thrive in hot, water stressed conditions, writes Michael Wale. 

Organic can be “flagship model” for sustainable farming and growth – IFOAM EU director

Organic food and farming offers a “flagship model for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, says the director of IFOAM EU.

Wessanen launches ‘Organic Food Against Climate Change’ initiative

Leading European healthy food business Wessanen has launched a new initiative aimed at helping small food entrepreneurs to play an active role in tackling climate change.