Scientists offer blueprint for sustainable redesign of food systems

A new perspective article published in the journal Nature Sustainability describes food systems designed not by the logic of growth such as efficiency and extraction, but by principles of sufficiency, regeneration, distribution, commons, and care. It argues that food systems can instead be the foundation of healthy communities, ecologies, and economies. “For this agenda-setting article,Continue reading “Scientists offer blueprint for sustainable redesign of food systems”

The effectiveness and consequences of carbon taxes on U.S. food purchases: new research

New research published in the journal Food Policy examined the effectiveness and consequences of using carbon taxes on food purchases to contribute to the U.S. greenhouse gas emissions (GHGEs) reduction target for 2025. The researchers found that “carbon taxes on food purchases decrease GHGEs from the agricultural and food sectors by 1.9 to 4.8 percent andContinue reading The effectiveness and consequences of carbon taxes on U.S. food purchases: new research

27% of all land-use emissions are related to agricultural products consumed in a different country than they were produced

Researchers have for the first time quantified rising land-use emissions embodied in the international trade of specific agricultural products like beef that results in deforestation. “International trade allows goods and services produced in one country to be consumed elsewhere, separating consumption from its environmental impacts, including greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and land-use change (together referredContinue reading “27% of all land-use emissions are related to agricultural products consumed in a different country than they were produced”

IPCC: world will miss 1.5°C without transforming food system

http://www.ipes-food.org/pages/news-IPCC-world-miss-1.5-04042022  Reacting to the publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on the mitigation of climate change…, experts from IPES-Food called for fundamental reform of food systems to avoid catastrophic levels of global warming. The IPCC report, agreed by governments and scientists, finds that: We are nowhere near on track to achieve the ParisContinue reading IPCC: world will miss 1.5°C without transforming food system

No time to lose: Food, diet, and farming are “startlingly absent” from governments’ climate plans, report flags

https://www.foodingredientsfirst.com/news/no-time-to-lose-food-diet-and-farming-are-startlingly-absent-from-governments-climate-plans-report-flags.html “A new 14-country assessment reveals that actions to improve food systems are a “missed opportunity” to cut at least one-fifth of emissions needed to avoid catastrophic climate change.” “[F]ood systems are “startlingly absent” from most countries’ official national emissions-reduction plans, according to new Global Alliance for [the] Future of Food research.” “Without transforming industrializedContinue reading “No time to lose: Food, diet, and farming are “startlingly absent” from governments’ climate plans, report flags”

Podcast (TABLE): Phil Howard on corporate consolidation, author of Concentration and Power in the Food System

In their first Feed episode about power, TABLE speaks with Phil Howard, author of Concentration and Power in the Food System, a book that asks “who controls what we eat?” You can access the podcast directly at: https://tabledebates.org/podcast/episode20 To learn more about Dr. Howard’s book, see: Concentration and Power in the Food System. Who Controls What WeContinue reading “Podcast (TABLE): Phil Howard on corporate consolidation, author of Concentration and Power in the Food System”

How industry and farming practices contribute to antibiotic resistance: podcast with Dr. Wallinga

“Antibiotic resistance has long been considered one of the greatest threats to global health. More recently, we’re seeing growing public awareness around the overuse of antibiotics used in the US livestock system – a system that produces much of our meat supply…. With drug resistant pathogens or superbugs, as some people know them, now beingContinue reading “How industry and farming practices contribute to antibiotic resistance: podcast with Dr. Wallinga”

Crop losses from climate crisis cost billions in insurance payouts: Environmental Working Group

“Farmers received more than $143.5 billion in federal crop insurance payments from drought and excess moisture, exacerbated by the climate crisis, according to [Environmental Working Group] EWG’s new crop insurance database.” “The top 10 counties with the largest drought indemnities were in Texas, which has gotten hotter and drier (Table 2).” See below URL toContinue reading “Crop losses from climate crisis cost billions in insurance payouts: Environmental Working Group”