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Fairtrade and Brownies

Lindsey Mackay, the Sustainability Intern for the Environment Team, discusses Fairtrade and shares a recipe which can be enjoyed by everyone. The Environment Team strive to improve the sustainability agenda across the University and St Andrews. Fairtrade is an international movement helping to improve trading conditions for producers in poor countries. The movement strives to achieve and maintain…

9 August 2016Uncategorized

Waste not: a word from our sustainability officer

If you do not waste food you will never go hungry – so the old saying ‘waste not, want not’ leads us believe. To many, this phrase conjures up images of queues outside grocers of wartime Britain and a by-gone era of thrift. While the phrase may feel out-dated, the philosophy of reducing waste is…

11 November 2015Food

Consumer’s Guide to Ethical Food Certifications

It’s the third Sunday of the month: your turn to cook dinner – that’s fine because you’re not in charge of washing the dishes. As you meander through the store aisles, you remember that your flatmates are picky; John only eats “ethical” meat and Michael, organic produce. Fortunately there are certified products galore in the…

17 February 2014Biodiversity Fairtrade Food

What Happens To Our Food Waste?

The environment team visits the anaerobic digestor that turns our food waste into biogas “Like a stomach”… is how our guide, Alan, describes the anaerobic digestion process that is used to break down our food waste into biogas, liquid fertilizer and nutrient-rich compost. Standing next to the tall, twin vessel AD (anaerobic digestion) plant operated…

23 January 2014Energy Food Waste and reuse

The True Cost of Bananas

Fascinating blog by local St Andrews students. Check it out!

14 October 2013Food

Fairtrade, Fair-trade, or Fairly Traded?… Investigating the Ethics Behind the Term

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between labels which claim to be fairly traded? While picking out that packet of rice on your way home from work I bet this is the last thing on your mind! Is a ‘Fairtrade’ product better than one that says ‘fair-trade’, or one that says ‘fairly traded’……

9 August 2013Fairtrade

Fairtrade Fortnight Events

Thursday 28th February – Talk by Prof. Riches of Just Trading Scotland entitled ‘Ricing to the Challenge; What UK markets can do for farmers in Africa’ 7pm in School 3 Thursday 7th March – Film Screening of ‘Black Gold; wake up and smell the coffee’ 6.30pm, Buchanan Lecture Theatre

22 February 2013Fairtrade Fairtrade Fortnight Food

The Future of Food at the University of St Andrews

Fife is now recognised as a leading light in the UK’s local food revolution as demand soars for seasonal, fresh food, made and sold on our doorstep. For large organisations like the University of St Andrews, reconnecting with local food networks poses benefits as well as challenges. To better understand this phenomenon, the St Andrews…

19 February 2013Food

The Footprint of Food

I’m getting really into the idea of sustainable food these days and have come across a fab blog by Monica from DeMontfort University which has some really interesting posts about sustainable food.  Here’s one borrowed (with permission) from her blog for you to enjoy! The facts and figures behind food are difficult to see. Often,…

12 November 2012Food

University Donates 2 Tonnes of Items for Container to Namibia

Staff across the University of St Andrews have donated educational resources for schools in Namibia, to help children in need. Earlier this month, the Environment Team coordinated efforts to collect items for a container that was arranged by Madras College as part of their Namibia Teaching Program. Around 30 students from Madras are travelling Namibia…

11 May 2012Environment Team Green Events Waste and reuse