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Carbon footprint from food waste bigger than most countries'

Carbon footprint from food waste bigger than most countries' | Global Growth Relations | Scoop.it

Food waste isn't just a devastating misuse of natural resources, it's also a huge part of the world's carbon footprint, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

 

Every year, the world throws out about 1.3 billion tons of food -- a startling one-third of the food produced. And that creates a greenhouse gas footprint bigger than all countries, except for China and the U.S.

 

How? Because of the immense amounts of energy, water and chemicals used for agriculture and food production. The food supply chain produces about 3.3 billion tons of carbon a year.

 

That means 30 percent of the world's farmland -- about 3.5 billion acres -- is wasted.

 

And not counting seafood, wasting all that food costs about $750 billion a year, about the GDP of Switzerland, says FAO.

 

"All of us -- farmers and fishers; food processors and supermarkets; local and national governments; individual consumers -- must make changes at every link of the human food chain to prevent food wastage from happening in the first place, and re-use or recycle it when we can't," said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva. "We simply cannot allow one-third of all the food we produce to go to waste or be lost because of inappropriate practices, when 870 million people go hungry every day."

 

"Food wastage reduction would not only avoid pressure on scarce natural resources but also decrease the need to raise food production by 60% in order to meet the 2050 population demand," writes FAO in its report,"Food Wastage Footprint: Impacts on Natural Resources."

 

The UN study is the first to examine the impacts of global food waste from an environmental perspective, looking specifically at consequences for the climate, water and land use, and biodiversity.


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Business Should Contribute to Social Health and Well Being of Their Local Communities

Business Should Contribute to Social Health and Well Being of Their Local Communities | Global Growth Relations | Scoop.it

 

 

HOW THE PURSUIT OF SOCIAL PURPOSE CAN INSPIRE AND SUTAIN RETAIL GROWTH AND INNOVATION

 

 

"A BUSINESS THAT MAKES NOTHING BUT MONEY IS A POOR BUSINESS - Henry Ford

 

ECONOMIC SUCCESS ALONE IS NOT ENOUGH TO IMPROVE OUR WELL BEING http://sco.lt/7J7VnF

 

June 25, 2013 Social Voice:  Anneliza Humlen, Gwen Morrison

Journal of Brand Strategy Excerpt: Retailing with Purpose

COMMUNITY AND CONSUMER STRENGTH ON A LOCAL LEVEL IS CRITICAL NOT ONLY FOR SUSTAINING LOCAL BUSINESS GROWTH, but for fuelling national and global economies.  According to the Project for Public Spaces and trends analysed in Steve Davies’ report, ‘Think Global, Buy Local,’ local communities are now the catalysts for regional and national growth, rather than the result of it. Retail on a local level is the first to benefit from the health and prosperity of local communities

..It is therefore in the best interest of every business to contribute to the social health and wellbeing of the communities it serves. Most local small businesses understand this concept intuitively as they assume the role of both proprietor and local citizen.. http://www.socialvoicebranding.com/jbs-retailing-with-purpose-excerpt/

 

June 25, 2013 Media Global News
UNDP "PUTTING LOCAL GOVERNMENT AT THE HEART OF DEVELOPMENT" http://www.mediaglobal.org/2013/06/25/undp-supports-the-role-of-local-governments-in-attaining-mdgs/

 

MORALITY IS MISSING FROM THE DEBATE ABOUT SUSTAINABLE BEHAVIOR http://sco.lt/4sveFd

 

ECO-SPIRITUALITY: TOWARDS A VALUES-BASED ECONOMIC STRUCTURE http://sco.lt/7tcgQj

 

MASSIVE DESERTIFICATION, EPIDEMIC ILLNESSES COMING WITH GLOBAL WARMING, THREATENING CIVILIZATION http://sco.lt/98I2F7

 

 
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 June 25, 2013 Harvard Business Review

THE URBAN SUSTAINABILITY OPPORTUNITY http://blogs.hbr.org/video/2013/06/the-urban-sustainability-oppor.html

 

June 19, 2013 Resilience Magazine
THE EMERGING "SHARING" ECONOMY  http://www.resilience.org/stories/2013-06-19/the-next-new-economy

 

 

A 21st CENTURY COOPERATIVE WAY TO A FLOURISHING FUTURE:  SELF-SUFFICIENT COMMUNITIES http://sco.lt/75dMWn

 

 

Corp2020: Pavan Sukhdev Kevin Kromash, May 2013
TRANSFORMING BUSINESS FOR TOMORROW'S WORLD http://thesolutionsjournal.com/node/22221

 

July 2, 2013 Forbes - “Good corporate citizenship is good business.”
LARGEST TO SMALLEST, BUSINESSES AROUND THE GLOBE ARE GIVING BACK  ... http://www.forbes.com/sites/devinthorpe/2013/07/02/largest-to-smallest-businesses-around-the-globe-are-giving-back/

 

 

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Moyers & Company .

HUNGER IN AMERICA:  HOW HUNGER HURTS EVERYONE  http://sco.lt/9K53Uv

 

 

THE INSANITY OF THE MYOPIC PROFIT MINDSET http://ow.ly/mo7zN

 

 

 

 


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If the rumours are true, we have to resolve our organizations mindset in order to keep living in this planet.

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Article advocating business doing more for health and wellbeing in their communities. Unusually it recognises that small businesses often do this best than large ones.

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Climate Change

Climate Change | Global Growth Relations | Scoop.it

Climate Change


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Οι βλακείες επιστρέφονται!!!

Universe always remembers

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How to make money out of the environment - while saving it | Spear's WMS

How to make money out of the environment - while saving it | Spear's WMS | Global Growth Relations | Scoop.it

To some eyes, the mountainous shrublands that cover the high Andean slopes above Bogotá look like an unproductive wasteland; indeed, that is the meaning of the word páramo, first used by Spanish Conquistadors to describe this wild and remote place. But as I squelch through the wet grasses, breathless with altitude, I am told by Colombian conservationists how valuable this landscape actually is — economically as well as environmentally. Not only does it help to reduce flooding on the plains below, but it also purifies the water used by the people and industry in Bogotá, and it does these jobs much more cheaply than concrete-engineered solutions would cost.

 

The environment and its services may not be your cup of tea — or indeed glass of fresh Colombian water — but a global revaluation of their economic benefit is under way. Alongside the management of fiscal deficits, banking regulation and packages to stimulate growth, this theme — money growing on trees and in lakes and on hillsides — is now starting to feed into our thinking about the global economy. How best to keep the services provided by nature is a question that is rising in prominence, and fast.


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One way to gain moneys, work with nature!

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At the Limits of the Market: Why Capitalism Won't (Can't) Solve Climate Change, Part 1

At the Limits of the Market: Why Capitalism Won't (Can't) Solve Climate Change, Part 1 | Global Growth Relations | Scoop.it

August 29, 2013 Desmog Canada

One of the great mysteries of contemporary capitalism is the fact that as a system it appears absolutely incapable of responding to the crisis of climate change.... http://www.desmog.ca/2013/08/29/limits-market-why-capitalism-won-t-solve-climate-change-part-1

 

August 30, 2013 Desmog Canada
AT THE LIMITS OF THE MARKET, PART 2: WHY CAPITALISM HASN'T SOLVED CLIMATE CHANGE http://www.desmog.ca/2013/08/30/limits-market-part-2-why-capitalism-hasn-t-solve-climate-change

 

THIS FAITH IN THE MARKETS IS MISPLACED: WILL BIG BUSINESS SAVE OR DESTROY OUR PLANET? http://sco.lt/8Yxtgn

 

WORLD CAN'T WAIT UNTIL 2020 ON CLIMATE CHANGE SAYS NEW HIGHLY-DISTURBING INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AGENCY http://sco.lt/82bCM5

 

ERADICATING ECOCIDE: WHY BUSINESS LEADERS MUST STEP UP TO THE CHALLENGE  http://sco.lt/7ExcmX

 

HOLDING CORPORATIONS RESPONSIBLE: Mining Companies Devastate Pristine Wisconsin for Frac-Sand - Leaving A Mining, Chemical Wasteland http://sco.lt/66Gc7N

 

TERRACIDE:

THE BIGGEST CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE IN HISTORY: DESTROYING THE PLANET FOR RECORD PROFITS http://sco.lt/7gxiG9

 

LIVING IN THE ANTHROPOCENE: TOWARD A NEW GLOBAL ETHOS  http://sco.lt/6FzKSX

 

ARCTIC MELTING, OCEAN 'ACIDIFYING RAPIDLY' - HIGHEST LEVELS IN 55 MILLION YEARS -   http://sco.lt/7uKXnV

 

 

 

 

 

THE EVOLUTION OF BUSINESS: HOW A NEW BUSINESS ERA INSPIRED BY NATURE, NOT GREED, CAN BENEFIT US ALL http://sco.lt/6XU6Kn

 

ZEN MASTER THICH NHAT HANH: ONLY LOVE FOR MOTHER EARTH CAN SAVE US FROM CLIMATE CHANGE http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/3995311842/zen-master-thich-nhat-hanh-only-love-for-mother-earth-can-save-us-from-climate-change

 

 

WHY CHOOSING NATURE WILL ONLY ADVANCE HUMAN SOCIETIES http://sco.lt/6odAoL

 

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                                              FILM: ***"HOME"

                    An Exquisite Dedication To the Stewards of Our Planet

      http://thenaturaleye.wordpress.com/2011/03/26/home-an-exquisite-story-of-our-world/

 

 

          BLOG -----AN URGENT MEMO TO THE WORLD http://ow.ly/n97Vf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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The reality about our democratic "capitalism"!!!

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The 5 Most Persuasive Words in the English Language

The 5 Most Persuasive Words in the English Language | Global Growth Relations | Scoop.it
When it comes to assembling persuasive copy, like any other construction job, you need to rely on your skills, experience, and toolbox. The toolbox of th

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Η δύναμη των λέξεων!

The power of words!

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