The Food Matters Live food editorial team have been exploring a myriad of key topics and issues over the last 12 months. From new protein sources, food waste leather and the rise of women in the food business, take a look at some of our most read pieces.
Solar Foods’ Solein: the protein of the future made of hydrogen and carbon dioxide
Find out more about Solein, the future protein. At the end of 2021, Solar Foods received approval to start building its first production facility – Factory 01 – in Vantaa, Finland. With a completion date set for 2023, Solar Foods will be able to begin scaling up the production of Solein, allowing it to sell the product commercially, and bringing significant positive change to the protein alternatives market.
Lessons from the dining hall: the history of free school meals and the changes needed to improve pupils’ nutrition
Between January 2020 and January 2021, the percentage of fully funded school meals increased from 17.3% to 20.8%, highlighting the financial hardships experienced by many during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about the history of school meals.
From food waste to fashion: fabrics made from discarded food are the next ready to wear
Just because food is wasted, it doesn’t make it useless. In fact some clever innovators and scientists have found a smart solution for discarded food, by using it to create fabrics and other materials to be utilised in another sector that has a serious impact on the environment: fashion.
Cultured meat: the future of food is slaughter-free
In less than a decade huge strides have been made in the cellular agriculture space. These days there are several start-ups producing cultured meat – including beef, pork, chicken, foie gras; fish and seafood, such as salmon, oysters and now even eel.
Soaring prices and staff and supply chain shortages: how the food and drink sector can mitigate risks
The food and drink industry faces rising costs everywhere it looks, from ingredients to operations. How bad is the situation, and how can it mitigate the risks that lie ahead?
Food scarcity and civil unrest: what we can learn from the past
So intricately linked is the price and availability of food to unrest, economists have claimed to be able to work out the exact mathematical correlation between the two. In 2022, huge swathes of the world are grappling with food insecurity. In some places, the threat of civil unrest is a looming possibility. In others, it has already begun.
Improving British hospital food: why nutrition needs to be part of the cure
As healthcare institutions, hospitals should not simply be places to prevent and cure illnesses and ailments but should be following a more holistic approach to wellness, starting with nutrition and the food they serve to their patients.
Seed banks: preserving biodiversity for the future of humanity
Bomb-proof, resistant to extreme weather, and protected from earthquakes and other natural disasters. This may sound like the description of a bunker built for a President or Prime Minister, for use in the event of an apocalypse – in fact, it is a description of a seed bank.
Russia-Ukraine conflict: spiking prices and the threat to global food security
The current disruption to the global food system caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (the direct consequences of which are obviously far graver for the people of Ukraine) are reminiscent of the conditions leading up to the global food crisis of 2007-8. Perhaps worse.
Women in business: the founders, investors and mentors changing the face of the food and drink industry
Launching a successful business in the food and drinks industry as a woman has never been easy. Like most sectors, the market has always been dominated by men, making it more challenging for women to make their mark. But this doesn’t mean they haven’t been active.