In Case You Missed it: This Week in Review

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This week, we examine three recent and important reports released on the issues of food security. The Chicago Council on Global Affairs just launched its 2012 Progress Report on U.S. Leadership in Global Agricultural Development, which evaluated the United States’ support of agriculture abroad.

Photo credit: Bernard Pollack

In this post we examine a new report from the International Food Policy Research Institute which analyzes 2011’s food policy progress made and setbacks encountered at the global, regional, national, and local levels.

And in this post, we look at Green Economy in a Blue World, a joint report put out by the United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Development ProgrammeUnited Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, International Maritime OrganizationUnited Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the International Union for Conservation of NatureWorldFish Center, and GRID-Arendal, which suggests that by promoting practices such as renewable energy generation, ecotourism, and sustainable fishing, we can improve the health of the world’s marine ecosystems while also boosting their potential to contribute to economic growth. 

We received some exciting media coverage this past week. Our research on food security was featured in the Inter Press Service and El Nuevo Herald. Our 15 sustainable agricultural innovations were featured in Reuters and the release of Eating Planet, a new book produced in collaboration with the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition, was featured in La Repubblica.

Highlight from this past week:

In this interview, “Whale Wars’” Peter Hammerstedt discusses Animal Planet’s new series “Whale Wars: Viking Shores,” which premiered on Friday. The series will focus on Operation Ferocious Isles, the Sea Shepherd’s campaign against whaling in the Faroe Islands of the North Atlantic. According to Hammerstedt, ““Viking Shores” is different from past seasons of “Whale Wars” because the whalers themselves participated in the show. We were in a unique position to have an open dialogue with the local Faroese population.”

Ninety million tons of food is wasted each year in the European Union, and food waste is expected to grow by 40 percent by 2020. The European Union (EU) has declared 2014 the European year against food waste and in the lead up, is examining the effects on food waste from food packaging.  In the EU, new innovations in packaging are being developed to ensure that foods reach the store shelf long before the expiration date, which will prevent food being thrown away before consumers have a chance to purchase it.

And in this week’s Nourishing the Planet TV episode, we discuss the Better Cotton Initiative—an international membership association made up of cotton retailers, producers, and non-profit groups—that is working in PakistanIndiaBrazil, and West and Central Africa (Benin, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso) to promote sustainable cotton cultivation that is less damaging to the health of farmers and the environment.

Now it’s your turn: What were your favorite posts from the week? What do you hope we’ll write about next week? Let us know in the comments!

To purchase State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet please click HERE. And to watch the one minute book trailer, click HERE.

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