Project

About Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet project:

The Nourishing the Planet project assesses the state of agricultural innovations—from cropping methods to irrigation technology to agricultural policy—with an emphasis on sustainability, diversity, and ecosystem health, as well as productivity. The project aims to both inform global efforts to eradicate hunger and raise the profile of these efforts. The project also considers the institutional infrastructure needed by each of the approaches analyzed, suggesting what sort of companion investments are likely to determine success—from local seed banks to processing facilities, from pro-poor value chains to marketing bureaus.

State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet

The first phase of the project culminated in the release of State of the World 2011, a comprehensive report that focuses on agriculture and is accompanied by derivative briefing documents. This volume is a roadmap for foundations and international donors interested in supporting the most effective agricultural development interventions in various agroecological and socioeconomic contexts. As the project continues its research, the initial findings are being disseminated to a wide range of influential agricultural stakeholders globally, including government ministries, agricultural policymakers, farmer and community networks, and the increasingly influential non-governmental environmental and development communities.

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Eating Planet 2012–Nutrition Today: A Challenge for Mankind and for the Planet

At the end of 2011, Nourishing the Planet collaborated with the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition to publish Eating Planet–Nutrition Today: A Challenge for Mankind and for the Planet. The book looks at the paradoxes of the global food system, the cultural value of food, production and consumption trends, and the effects of individual eating habits on health and on the environment. According to the report, the most pressing problems in today’s agricultural system are a lack of access to nutritious foods, enormous amounts of food waste, environmental degradation, and a lack of interest in agriculture among the next generation. In a review, The Guardian referred to it as a “useful resource that focuses on important issues confronting humanity: food production and availability.” The book was released on Earth Day (April 22, 2012).

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Happier Meals: Rethinking the Global Meat Industry (2005)

In Happier Meals, Worldwatch researcher Danielle Nierenberg documents the harmful effects of factory farming in both industrialized and developing countries and explains the range of consequences for the environment, human health and communities. From transmission of disease and loss of livestock diversity to hazardous and unsanitary processing methods, this book shows clearly why factory farming is an unsafe, inhumane, and ecologically disruptive form of meat production.

Nourishing the Planet is currently updating Happier Meals to explore and analyze new developments in meat production and consumption.

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