Daily Footprint, #21 – Milk: Cow versus Hazelnut

A lot of people are unsure of what kind of milk to go for these days. Some are moving away from dairy and switching to plant-based milks for ethical and/or health reasons. So I’m going to take a look at some factors to consider when choosing (or making) milk. First, let’s take a look at … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #21 – Milk: Cow versus Hazelnut

Daily Footprint, #20 – Starbucks: how many green stars?

OK, so where are we on this odyssey through a typical day? Teeth brushed? Check! Dressed? Check! Breakfast? Check! Phone on? Check! Despite having had a peanut butter cup to give yourself a boost, you’ve started nodding off at your desk. It’s time to head out and get some fresh air and a caffeinated beverage. … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #20 – Starbucks: how many green stars?

Daily Footprint, #19 – The Evolution of Peanut Butter Cups

You know the phrase, third-wave coffee? Yes, it’s kind of irritating, but it’s a useful concept. You could represent the three waves of coffee with the examples of Nescafé instant coffee (first wave), Starbucks (second wave), and a roaster like Counter Culture (third wave), covered in the post on direct trade. This evolution of coffee … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #19 – The Evolution of Peanut Butter Cups

Daily Footprint, #18 – Sustainable Chewing Gum

Indulging in chewing gum can have pretty severe consequences. A junior world champion gum chewer by the name of Violet Beauregarde transformed into a giant blueberry after trying an experimental gum during a visit to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. She had to be juiced by the Oompa Loompas and I’m not sure if she was … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #18 – Sustainable Chewing Gum

Daily Footprint, #17 – Honey: So what exactly is happening to the bees? (Part 3)

Here’s the final post looking at neonics and bees (and beyond). So far I’ve focused on the lethality of the best-selling insecticide, imidacloprid, on honey bees. But nature is complex, particularly systems like a colony of bees that work together as a collective, dependent on nectar and pollen foraged from within a few miles. Their … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #17 – Honey: So what exactly is happening to the bees? (Part 3)

Daily Footprint, #16 – Honey: So what exactly is happening to the bees? (Part 2)

OK – here’s part two of an impartial investigation into whether neonicotinoids (neoincs) are harmful to honey bees. I have nothing to gain from a position on either side of this debate and have looked into it with an open mind. If you search the scientific literature there are many papers on the subject but … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #16 – Honey: So what exactly is happening to the bees? (Part 2)

Daily Footprint, #15 – Honey: So what exactly is happening to the bees?

As I'm sure you know, changes in the the honey bee population has been a subject of much debate for the last decade. The chart below from Bee Informed shows that around 23% of bee colonies were lost in the US during the winter of 2015/2016, significantly higher than expected losses during hibernation. But bees … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #15 – Honey: So what exactly is happening to the bees?