Environment Companies such as Coca-Cola should take a lead in establishing measures to ‘capture the value of water’, the expert says

Food production’s effect on water supplies must be investigated and properly recorded, warns Professor Tony Allan

Russian wheat export ban threatens higher inflation and food riots

The world faces an inflationary time bomb as shortages of food threaten to push prices to fresh all-time highs.

Wheat prices surge as Russia bans grain exports

A fresh surge in wheat prices looked set to heap more pressure on stretched household budgets today after Russia banned grain exports for the rest of the year.

Bread prices must rise, says owner of Hovis

Premier Foods sent out a warning to shoppers over bread prices yesterday as the UK's biggest food producer battles against the soaring cost of wheat.

Depression really does make everything look grey

Twenty years ago, William Styron, the American author of Sophie's Choice, wrote what many regard as the definitive account of severe depression in his memoir Darkness Visible.

Pizza perfection, here I come

Forty acres of wheat rising in the middle distance behind the cheese factory: I worked out a little while back that with the wheat and the cheese situation in hand I was in control of two of the three vital ingredients for making my favourite thing in the world, from scratch: All I needed for the perfect pizza now was a source of tomatoes.

Parc de triomphe: country life comes to Paris

The Champs-Elysées – or Elysian Fields – rediscovered their roots yesterday in a colourful jumble of crops, fruit, vegetables, flowers and farm animals. Nearly 2km of the cobbles of the beautiful Parisian avenue have been covered by 8,000 small fields of imported soil, or giant containers, planted with wheat, beans, vines, mustard, bananas, pineapples and a hundred other species of cereals, fruit and vegetables.

A bon vivant's guide to the new year detox

Ditching booze, bread, sugar and cheese for green tea and wheat-free muesli has become a January tradition. But will it help meat-eating, wine-loving Terry Kirby find a 'new' him?

Vincent on Vincent: New edition Van Gogh letters give searing insight into artist's breakdown

Even today, when Vincent van Gogh's international reputation is higher and wider than ever, we have intense difficulty understanding how he managed to paint such a sustained series of masterpieces. After mutilating his ear and struggling to retain his sanity in an asylum, this vulnerable young Dutchman dreaded the sudden onset of each new bout of epileptic seizure. But somehow, he carried on painting for another turbulent year, producing his finest work before succumbing to suicide in 1890.

Steve Connor: Researchers must work together

The study published last October linking the XMRV virus with chronic fatigue syndrome was as dramatic as they get in medical science. Researchers found the virus in two thirds of a cohort of patients with the debilitating illness – striking support for a cause and effect.

PM contacts bereaved mother over mis-spelt letter

Gordon Brown said today that he had apologised to the grieving mother of a soldier killed in Afghanistan for "any unintended mistake" in a hand-written letter of condolence.

'Beautiful plague' of budgies descends on Outback

Many people believe the budgerigar's natural habitat is a pet shop. In fact, the bird is a native of the Australian outback, and locals there are saying they have rarely seen flocks of the size that are descending on Queensland this year. Some are calling it a "beautiful plague".

Txting: The gr8 db8, By David Crystal

The prolific populariser of linguistics David Crystal strikes again, this time with a readable and informative account of the phenomenon of texting. And what a phenomenon it is: a decade ago, texting was virtually unknown; by 2010 some 2.4 trillion texts will be sent globally.

Bites: Glastonbury's real headline act will be the food

There are several popular myths about the Glastonbury Festival. That the loos will overflow; that it will rain and turn into a quagmire; and that the food will be ghastly.

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