The plant skyscrapers: Giant greenhouses in city centres to herald a new age of farming The 'plantscrapers' could accommodate hundreds of storeys worth of cropsThey would use an innovate feeding system cancelling out need for soilFarms will increase crop yields because growing can occur all year round By Sean Poulter PUBLISHED: 22:30 GMT, 31 December 2012 | UPDATED: 03:00 GMT, 1 January 2013 Crops could soon be grown in greenhouses the size of skyscrapers in city centres across the country, it has been claimed. Birds Eye and other food producers are investigating building ‘plantscrapers’, which could accommodate hundreds of storeys worth of crops, in a bid to make farming more economical, sustainable and meet increasing demand
Homegrown fruit and veg back on menu as Britons turn to allotments to save money in struggling economyShare of homegrown produce rose from 2.9% to 5% between 2008 and 2011Economic downturn and celebrity chefs' campaigns credited for the rise | UPDATED: 23:33 GMT, 30 December 2012 Families are increasingly turning to homegrown produce as household budgets are squeezed by Britain's trouble economy and soaring fruit prices.
Ugh! Look what's for dinner in 2013! From cuttlefish and chips to bacon chocolate, the Mail's food writer predicts the bizarre food trends coming our way | UPDATED: 10:44 GMT, 29 December 2012 Fancy some Korean fermented cabbage Or how about oxcheek doughnuts It’s not only clothes that have trends — food is just as susceptible to the fickle world of fashion. Here, Daily Mail food writer ANNE SHOOTER gives her predictions for the hottest foods of 2013… Bon appetit! Anne Shooter has predicted what foods are going to hit the big time in 2013 Have a haute dog Gourmet: Hot dogs are going up in the world thanks to steak restaurant Hawksmoor and Bubbledogs in London Remember a few years ago when posh burger bars were popping up everywhere Well, now it’s the turn of the humble hot dog to go gourmet
How that extra mince pie or tot of brandy could take years off your life Smoking, eating red meat and watching TV can each knock at least 30 minutes off your life expectancy for every day you indulgeBut you could claw back time by sticking to just one alcoholic drink and eating plenty of fruit and veg | UPDATED: 23:30 GMT, 17 December 2012 Every over-indulgence can reduce your life expectancy by at least half an hour, say Cambridge scientists Having that extra mince pie, seconds of roast turkey or an extra tipple takes hours off your life, new research suggests.
On a diet Filling up on fruit and vegetables WON'T trick you into eating lessBeing on a fruit- and vegetable-heavy diet made no long-term difference to fullness, researchers foundAdding fruit juice before meals actually boosted hunger and weight gain It goes against the theory that people should 'fill up' on lots of fruit and veg to help them feel full for longer | UPDATED: 16:24 GMT, 3 December 2012 The dieters among us are often advised to fill our plates up with fruit and vegetables at meal times to avoid gobbling down calorie laden fare later in the day.
Here comes the Christmas veg – and it could get ugly Poor growing conditions have left parsnips, carrots, potatoes and Brussels sprouts discoloured and smallStores including Sainsbury's and Morrisons say they will take the crops in a show of solidarity with struggling British farmers | UPDATED: 00:44 GMT, 3 December 2012 Supermarkets are to relax standards and sell ‘ugly’ vegetables for the first time after bad weather and flooding left many crops small and misshapen. Poor growing conditions have left parsnips, carrots, potatoes and Brussels sprouts discoloured and small