This is one of those le sigh posts. Having been born in 1989, it sometimes feels as if it is upon our generation to figure out the way into a sustainable future. When analyzing current policy priorities, one would assume that the problems attached to indefinite per-capita consumption – concerning resource use, pollution and social … Continue reading Sustainable Consumption Policies: What Is Left of Rio?
Have you heard of agroecology? This is a holistic agricultural production system that is similar to organic methods, but yet not exactly the same. The Christensen Fund has made a great infographic that compares and contrasts the agroecological with the conventional system from sky to soil: As this handy policy brief explains, “based on a … Continue reading Agroecology: The Alternative of the Future?
There might be some rain coming soon, but it might still not be enough to quench the drought in California. Apparently, this past year has been the driest in the past half millennium for the state. Currently, the federal government says that “every square mile of California is in some state of drought—and 14.62% of … Continue reading Drought in California = Food Shortage in the USA?
Hey everybody! Hope you are having an awesome weekend! I have a treat for you today: This Slate article, entitled “Unacceptable Ingredients. How many of the groceries sold at Walmart would be banned by Whole Foods?” A bit of background – Whole Food has this policy of “unacceptable ingredients” where it doesn’t stock certain products … Continue reading Walmart and Whole Foods Face Off
In my first blog post of the year, I mentioned the ongoing negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union and the United States as one of the issues to watch out for, and thought the time was right to dig a little deeper into the question – what would … Continue reading The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: What Does It Mean for Ag?
Hej hej, I hope you had a relaxing weekend. I’m busy busy with interview preparations, but just wanted to check in to share these 10 awesome short films that were selected as finalists for the Real Food Media Contest. They promise to be really inspiring and to spread the word about sustainable farming and eating. … Continue reading Real Food Video Contest – Finalists Announced!
… or, alternative title: “Can anybody explain how the EU works?” Have you heard the news? The European Commission is set to approve a new variety of genetically modified corn (a variety called Pioneer 1507 which was developed jointly by Dow Chemical and DuPont) despite the fact that 19 out of 28 countries oppose its … Continue reading The EU GM Battle Goes in the Next Round…