Posts Tagged ‘Earth Day’

Apr22

Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition and Worldwatch Celebrate Earth Day with the Release of “Eating Planet”

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By Leah Baines

Across the globe, the food system is broken. Worldwide, 30 percent of food is wasted, 1 billion people go to bed hungry each night, while another 1 billion suffer from health problems related to obesity and agriculture contributes roughly one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Meanwhile, people are increasingly disconnected from how their food reaches their plate, making solutions to the global agricultural system seem even more difficult to attain.

The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition, in collaboration with Nourishing the Planet, is releasing its book, Eating Planet, today. (Image credit: Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition).

The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) is collaborating with the Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet project to release their report, Eating Planet, today, April 22, (Earth Day). Eating Planet will highlight the challenges facing the food and agricultural system, as well as the numerous benefits that reform could bring.

The book incorporates findings from the report with contributions from many renowned experts and activists worldwide. “The study’s conclusions represent a major step toward ensuring that agriculture contributes to health, environmental sustainability, income generation, and food security,” said Nourishing the Planet project director Danielle Nierenberg. “The ingredients will vary by country and region, but there are some key components that will lead to healthier food systems everywhere.”

The report is divided into four sections: Food for All, Food for Sustainable Growth, Food for Health, and Food for Culture. Each section describes the challenges we face in providing safe, healthy, and environmentally sustainable food and offers concrete recommendations, proposals, and actions to help solve the global food crisis. The book also draws upon experts’ specific suggestions for food and agricultural reform, including healthy eating and lifestyles, fair food prices, and transparent and responsible food trade.

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Apr21

Agricultural Innovations that are Protecting the Environment On Earth Day

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For the last 40 years, Earth Day has been celebrated around the world to call attention to some of our most pressing environmental and social problems, including climate change, biodiversity loss, and dwindling natural resources. This year, the Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet highlights 15 agricultural innovations that are already working on the ground to address some of those problems.

Agriculture is already working on the ground around the world to protect the environment, while improving people's livelihoods. (Photo credit: Bernard Pollack)

The 15 innovations are used by farmers, scientists, activists, politicians, and businesses and promote a healthier environment and a more food-secure future.

Guaranteeing the Right to Food. Some 1 billion people worldwide experience chronic hunger, and 98 percent of these people live in developing countries. To combat hunger in rural or remote communities, the Brazilian government operates the Food Acquisition Program, which funds local organizations, including community kitchens, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and schools, to buy and distribute fruits, vegetables, and animal products from smallholder farmers in their region.

Harnessing the Nutritional and Economic Potential of Vegetables. Micronutrient deficiencies, including lack of vitamin A, iodine, and iron, affect 1 billion people worldwide and stem partly from a lack of variety in people’s diets. Slow Food International works to broaden diets, and preserve biodiversity, by helping farmers grow local and indigenous varieties of fruits and vegetables, organizing cooking workshops, and helping producers get access to traditional seeds.

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Apr24

15 ways to celebrate agriculture on Earth Day

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Grist recently published this article highlighting Nourishing the Planet’s 15 solutions to promote sustainable and equitable agriculture on Earth Day.

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While farming is often blamed for many of our environmental problems, small-scale agricultural innovations offer long-term solutions to protect our most precious natural resources. These models help strengthen urban agriculture, improve water management, and increase soil fertility, while preserving the Earth’s natural biodiversity.

At a time when climate change and rising food prices are increasing global food insecurity, investment in these agricultural practices is essential.

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.

Apr23

Tribal Water Wars Could Be Surfacing in Africa

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Check out this article in the Epoch Times that featured Nourishing the Planet.

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The article focused on water scarcity in Africa – a problem that is not only leaving people parched, but also causing tribal wars between communities competing for this essential natural resource. In southern Ethiopia and northern Kenya, 8 million semi-nomadic people survive by following water resources – a lifestyle that is getting harder to follow as those resources deplete.

The need for a common strategy on solving the water crisis in Africa seems to transcend the warm continent and to echo around the globe. “If African nations don’t find a way to figure out and solve the water crisis, we will see more unrest, not only in Sub-Saharan Africa, but all over the world,” says Nourishing the Planet co-Project Director, Danielle Nierenberg, in the article.

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.

Apr23

Taking Every Step to Promote a More Food-Secure Future

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Heifer International is committed to addressing every issue covered on Nourishing the Planet’s list of 15 ways agriculture can promote a healthier environment and a more food-secure future.

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(Photo credit: Heifer International)

Check out the organization’s blog, which is, in honor of Earth Day, exploring how Heifer projects around the world are addressing different items on the Nourishing the Planet list.

To reduce food waste in Sierra Leone, for example, Heifer International is partnering with  the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) to help farmers improve their cassava processing methods. Because most farmers lack access to refridgeration, they must process their cassava in order to store it for extended periods of time. The most common way they do this is to make garri, a kind of cereal. Cassava can also be turned into fried chips and eaten as a snack. To help improve the quality of farmers’ garri, fried chips and other cassava products so that they will last longer and receive a higher price at local markets, IITA and Heifer built two processing facilities in the Kailahun district, where farmers have also received training and created a community garden from which they split the profits.

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.

Apr22

Farming Innovations that Nourish People and the Planet

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Check out Nourishing the Planet’s latest Earth Day opinion piece that was recently published in the Houston Chronicle, the largest daily newspaper in Texas.

Houston Chronicle-Texas-Slow-Food-International-Dallas-Nourishing-the-planet-Urban-Patchwork-Neighborhood-Farms-A&M-UniversityThe article highlights agricultural innovations that are helping to reduce food waste, increase biodiversity, and feed our growing urban population, while preserving the Earth’s depleting natural resources, on Earth Day and every day.

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.