Posts Tagged ‘Meat the Truth’

Aug29

In Case You Missed It: The Week in Short

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In addition to receiving tons of additional fascinating responses to our agriculture funding question, we’ve had a busy week of travel to The Gambia. In this week’s innovation we learned that the radio is not just for pop songs but also for spreading ideas to farmers in rural regions through Farm Radio International’s Africa Farm Radio Research Initiative (AFRRI).  Check out the social entrepreneurship of Daniel Knoop and see how his new private sector organization, the Congo Business Case, will help farmers store, transport and sell their surplus harvest.

Livestock at the GTZ Project in Askum, Ethiopia. (photo credit: Bernard Pollack)

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has found that meat production accounts for about 18 percent of annual greenhouse gas emissions! How can we change our eating habits for the better? Nourishing the Planet project co-director Danielle Nierenberg shares her thoughts in the Meat the Truth documentary sequel, book: Essays on Livestock Production, Sustainability and Climate Change. Time Magazine‘s Ecocentric blogger Eben Harrall shares his thoughts as well.

Aug26

Creating a Diet for a Healthier Planet

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From the creators of the Meat the Truth documentary,  Meat the Truth: Essays on Livestock Production, Sustainability and Climate Change discusses the global livestock industry’s  impact on climate change, human health, global hunger, and poverty.

The food we eat can be a part of the problem, but it can also be the solution. (Photo credit: Bernard Pollack)

In her contributing essay, “Impact of Growth in Factory Farming in Developing World,” Nourishing the Planet project co-director, Danielle Nierenberg,  explains that the negative impacts of factory farming extend beyond harming animals to include increasing greenhouse gas emissions and the spread of disease. But, sustainable livestock production, including grass-fed livestock production and rotational grazing systems, can help mitigate climate change, increase small-scale farmer incomes, and help improve livelihoods and diets around the world. The food we eat can be a part of the problem, but it can also be the solution.

To learn more about Meat the Truth and the accompanying documentary, see The Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation.

To read more about sustainable livestock production and how the food industry can help to mitigate climate change see: Sustaining the Momentum in Reforming Factory Farming Practices, Making a Living Out of Conservation, Creating a Roadmap for Sustainable Meat Production, Healing With Livestock in Rwanda, Teacher Turned Farmer. . .Turned Teacher, Got Biogas?, Conserving Endangered Animal Genetic Resources in Kenya, Prescribing Improved Nutrition to Combat HIV/AIDS in Africa, Maintaining Links to Tradition in a Changing World, The Keepers of Genetic Diversity, Mitigating Climate Change Through Food and Land Use and Happier Meals.