Healthier foods are better for the planet: new study

An analysis of 57,000 foods published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) “reveals which [foods] have the best and worst environmental impacts. A team of researchers used an algorithm to estimate how much of each ingredient was in thousands of products sold in major UK supermarket chains. The scientists then gave foodContinue reading “Healthier foods are better for the planet: new study”

Declining greenhouse gas emissions in the US diet (2003–2018): Drivers and demographic trends: new research

New research published in the Journal of Cleaner Production reported that, “From 2003 to 2018, the mean GHG emissions associated with the US diet fell by more than 35%, from 4.02 kg CO2e per day per capita, to 2.45 kg CO2e per day per capita, despite average caloric intake remaining relatively stable over the same period. AverageContinue reading Declining greenhouse gas emissions in the US diet (2003–2018): Drivers and demographic trends: new research

Carbon footprint labels to steer climate-friendly buying

“Nutritional breakdowns, ethical trade branding, recycling information – and now estimates of a product’s climate impact. Consumers across the globe are starting to see a new kind of information on goods packaging, indicating the level of planet-heating gases [greenhouse gases] emitted by making the items they are buying. This fresh wave of efforts at “carbonContinue reading “Carbon footprint labels to steer climate-friendly buying”

Diets high in fiber associated with less antibiotic resistance in gut bacteria: new research

According to new research published in the journal, mBIO, “Healthy adults who eat a diverse diet with at least 8-10 grams of soluble fiber a day have fewer antibiotic-resistant microbes in their guts…” Soluble fiber is found in foods such as oats, barley, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds (e.g., flaxseed) and some fruits and vegetables (e.g.,Continue reading “Diets high in fiber associated with less antibiotic resistance in gut bacteria: new research”

Meat consumption must fall by at least 75 percent: study

“If our planet Earth is to continue feeding us in the future, rich countries must significantly reduce their meat consumption – ideally by at least 75 percent.” This is the conclusion of a new review published by researchers at the University of Bonn. “The study reviews the current state of research on various aspects ofContinue reading “Meat consumption must fall by at least 75 percent: study”

Study explores fast-growing rise of ‘climavore’ consumers

“By 2030, our routine food choices will be climate-directed. The companies that mobilize now will win the future of food.” With that said, global management consulting firm Kearney has released its 2022 Earth Day Survey, which measures the growing momentum of ‘climavorism’ among consumers – referring to the making of mindful food choices based on environmental impact. ThisContinue reading “Study explores fast-growing rise of ‘climavore’ consumers”

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

The big problem of food waste: podcast

In this episode, FoodPrint talks to experts about why food waste is a problem, touches on how some grocery stores, restaurants and food companies are working to fix the problem, and digs into some of the cultural reasons why our society treats food as disposable. Finally, FoodPrint covers how you can reduce your own kitchenContinue reading “The big problem of food waste: podcast”

Farms following soil-friendly practices grow healthier food, study suggests

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/944624 Excerpt: “A new study, published in January in the journal PeerJ, looks at how regenerative farming practices — soil-building techniques that minimize plowing, use cover crops, and plant diverse crops — affect the nutritional content of the food. Results of the preliminary experiment, which included 10 farms across the U.S., show that the crops fromContinue reading “Farms following soil-friendly practices grow healthier food, study suggests”

Less food, more wildfires in North America with climate change: IPCC report

https://www.agriculture.com/news/business/less-food-more-wildfires-in-north-america-with-climate-change “Global warming “is causing dangerous and widespread disruptions in nature and affecting the lives of billions of people around the world,” said a UN climate change report on Monday. Hotter weather and shifts in rainfall are likely to reduce food production in North America and are a risk to food security, said a fact sheet onContinue reading “Less food, more wildfires in North America with climate change: IPCC report”