Locavore Magazine

A quarterly journal about slow, seasonal and sustainable food

Locavore is an editorial-led magazine, defined by beautiful photography and intelligent writing. Based in the British Isles, we also roam the world for the best local food stories and the most inspiring people.

Locavore explores how food is found, grown, prepared and served. We meet foragers, farmers, artisans, teachers and cooks, and learn about their ideas and what motivates them. We discover flavour, variety, method, tradition and ritual. Read more »

Island of plastic debris in Pacific far bigger than previous estimates, study says

Plastic Toothbrush Debris. Marine Debris team members removed 705 toothbrushes and personal care items from the shorelines of Midway Atoll in 2016. Photo Credit: NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Program (CC BY 2.0)

A giant island of plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean holds as much as 16 times more debris than was previously thought, posing a significant threat to the food chain, scientists said on Thursday (22nd March 2018).

The so-called garbage patch in waters between California and Hawaii consists of fishing nets, plastic containers, packaging and ropes, said the Ocean Cleanup Foundation, which headed up a study published in Scientific Reports, an online journal. Read more »

Communicating why pollinators matter could help save them and ensure food security worldwide, researchers say

International researchers met in Leiden (Netherlands) in early March, to discuss the latest research on pollinators and stress the need to communicate their value more actively to citizens and policy advisors. Better science communication, backed by more research funding, could help ensure sustainable pollination worldwide. Read more »

Can pop-ups pave the way to thriving public space in world's cities?

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Members of the Malaysian Institute of Planners sit on rocks that double as seating while visitors explore a temporary public space in downtown Kuala Lumpur, 12 Feb 2018. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Gregory Scruggs.

Pop-ups have become popular in many cities, often the brainchild of local residents in an effort to improve their neighbourhoods or turn derelict spaces into community hubs.

On a patch of gravel that was once a nondescript bus stop in Kuala Lumpur's old city, passersby can now find brightly-painted wooden pallets that double as seating and shelves stocked with free books for the taking. At least, for the time being. Read more »

The Jaguar, the largest cat in the Americas, is endangered due to habitat loss and human persecution

Today, jaguars are an endangered species throughout their natural habitat in the Americas, and have almost been completely eliminated from the United States. Photo by cuatrok77/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

A recent study, published in the journal Mammalia, shows how researchers used GPS technology and new analytical techniques to produce the first rigorous estimates of jaguar spatial needs and movements in the Gran Chaco and Pantanal ecosystems of Paraguay. Read more »

Taking greenhouse gases from the sky: 7 things to know about carbon removal

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Restoring degraded landscapes like this one in Costa Rica is a natural way of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Photo by Luciana Gallardo Lomeli/WRI

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Three scenarios show we have to think carefully about ethics in designing smart cities

Jakarta’s traffic system is one of many facets of the city that could be improved by smart cities technologies, but at what cost? © Vasenka Photography/Flickr (CC BY 4.0)

Anthony Burke, University of Technology Sydney and Prasuna Reddy, University of Technology Sydney Read more »

Mountains become islands: ecological dangers of increasing land use in East Africa

Much of the natural forest vegetation between Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro vanished between 1976 and 2000. Illustration: Andreas Hemp.

The mountains of East Africa are a treasure trove of biodiversity. However, their ecosystems may be at a higher risk than previously realized. Dr. Andreas Hemp and Dr. Claudia Hemp have discovered that Mount Kilimanjaro is turning into an "ecological island". Agriculture and housing construction have eliminated the natural vegetation that used to serve as a bridge to the surrounding area, enabling the diversity of species to develop to its current levels. Neighbouring mountain regions are presumably also being isolated from their surrounding areas. Read more »

Sea Level Rise is Accelerating

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Global sea level rise has been accelerating in recent decades, according to a new study based on 25 years of NASA and European satellite data. This acceleration has been driven mainly by increased ice melting in Greenland and Antarctica, and it has the potential to double the total sea level rise projected by 2100, according to lead author Steve Nerem, a scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and the University of Colorado.

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