This video is a nice summary of the issues related to “cheap food”, external costs and the idea of competing on the true production costs and not those that are stated on the label. Show it to your friends and family the next time they ask why they should buy the more expensive meat, the … Continue reading What Is True Cost Accounting?
Just now I was working on an application for a teaching job on Sustainable Development and reflecting on how often we conflate “sustainability” with “environmentalism”. Yes, of course protecting the environment is important, especially in an activity so dependent on ecosystems as agriculture, but just as important is the second pillar of sustainability – the … Continue reading Beyond Environmental Sustainability – Pursuing Social Justice in the Food System
Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends! I hope you are enjoying your holidays and spending time with friends, family and loved ones. Now, one question – how do you feel about Black Friday and/or Cyber Monday coming up? Artists like Chris Piascik regularly criticize the “I’m SO thankful for everything I have. I am truly … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving! Going Shopping Tomorrow?
An interesting document on the nexus of corporate responsibility, international (human rights) law and agricultural investment specifically in developing countries. Worth the read!
A couple of days ago I finally managed to finish up one of the last hurdles of settling somewhere new – getting a new Swedish bank account – and was so happy that I was able to circumvent the system (normally you need a Swedish residence number which we don’t have) that, frankly, I gave … Continue reading Returns with Responsibility – How Ethical Is Your Investment?
In preparation for my Ethics in Food Production exam today, I went over the ‘Shared Value Approach‘, a new concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) pioneered in 2011. It has been hugely successful with multinational companies, since it highlights the business perspective while acknowledging the linkages between corporate practices, social conditions and environmental concerns. According … Continue reading 'Shared Value' in Cocoa – The Way Forward?