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An unusual type of protein snack is after the hearts and wallets of average Americans

An unusual type of protein snack is after the hearts and wallets of average Americans | ELM-  Food Security | Scoop.it
The question remains: Why would someone choose to eat dried meat smushed together into a bar when there are so many other high-protein options on the market?
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Bringing Goodness to the World !  for a long time the brand slogan for Hershey - The company now bringing you the Meat protein bar 

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Oceanography - Algae .pdf

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Marine Algae : Seems to have the capability to deliver significant impact on reducing future food security : figures in this press release have to be seen to be believed 

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Will feeding cows seaweed help save the planet?

Will feeding cows seaweed help save the planet? | ELM-  Food Security | Scoop.it
Seaweed could hold the key to cutting greenhouse gas emissions, one cow burp at a time.
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Study shows that feeding cows a portion of a specific seaweed in the diet can significantly reduce Methane production, this study shows a 50 to 70 % reduction. Next year the study will look at impact on weight gain and meat quality - looks promising !

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Recovering the Value from Food: a Social Perspective | STEPPING UP

Recovering the Value from Food: a Social Perspective | STEPPING UP | ELM-  Food Security | Scoop.it
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This Stepping Up review says " Increasingly, waste food generated through this route is sent to anaerobic digestion plants where it can be used to generate methane and nutrient rich digestate. While this treats the waste by a means aligned to the circular economy principles (link is external), the energy and nutrients recaptured only go so far in the creation of more food. It is argued that a more beneficial route is to ensure that the food does not become waste in the first place and is instead fed to the original intended recipients: people. There is an increasingly common practice of diverting this food from becoming a waste stream and donating it to charities who feed those in need, thereby releasing a “social value” from it. In other countries this is achieved either through coercion, as exemplified by laws passed in France (link is external), or by encouragement, as in Italy’s case (link is external). At present such laws do not exist in the UK, so it is up to charities such as FareShare (link is external) or the Devon and Cornwall Food Association (link is external) to capture that social value. While growing in size, the largest of these charities, FareShare, still only captures about 2% of the surplus food generated in the UK (link is external)."

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cop-paris-briefing-online.pdf

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The Planet to Big Ag ( can you guess whom it is ) "I have a  Question "What happened to the 130 million tonnes of Hidden Co2 emissions " in your data  

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Metabolic - Global food system analysis

The dilemma of the global food system is a deeply existential one . On one hand we have a moral imperative to ensure we have uninterrupted food supply ,on the …
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We have moral obligation to make sure all of us on the planet have an uninterrupted supply of nutritious food , but at the same time we are severely challenged to do this without impacting negatively on the planet in order to ensure we reduce the risk of food insecurity due to population growth and climate change

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Food systems and natural resources-2016 Food Security and Climate change impact

"We are what we eat, they say . Our Existence and, therefore, any of aspirations we might have as a society depend on the availability of , and access to, food…
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From the International resource Panel 2016 - The Food Systems working group of the International Resource Panel has prepared a comprehensive scientific assessment of the current status and dynamics of natural resource use in food systems and their environmental impacts. The IRP identifies opportunities for Resource Smart Food Systems responding to policy-relevant questions like what do sustainable food systems look like from a natural resource perspective? How can resource efficiency improvements be made to enhance food security? How to steer transition towards sustainable food systems?
The report looks at food as a crucial connection point (a ‘node’) where various societal issues coincide, such as human dependence on natural resources, the environment, health and wellbeing. Rather than looking separately at resources such as land, water and minerals, the IRP has chosen a systems approach. The report looks at all the resources needed for the primary production of food, as well as for other food system activities (e.g. processing, distribution) considering not only the set of activities, but also the range of actors engaged in them and the outcomes in terms of food security, livelihoods and human health.

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The history of meat alternatives - SoyaInfo Centre

Historically we have had large sections of the global community whom have not eaten meat due to religious or whom are Vegetarian through the choice of reducing…
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Global Food Security Expert Prof Tim Benton"Do we need an international body for food? 

Global Food Security Expert Prof Tim Benton"Do we need an international body for food?  | ELM-  Food Security | Scoop.it
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From Prof Benton,s Recent Blog "The issue is that – much like the human-climate-weather system – creating sustainable food and nutrition security is too complex for any single ‘silver bullet’, or even a whole arsenal of silver bullets. We need to hit the right target at the right time – and avoid aiming at the wrong one. But amongst all the potential interventions, which have evidence to support them?

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How a Shrub in Africa Made Me Want to Change the Food Industry | by Daniel Vennard World Resources Institute

How a Shrub in Africa Made Me Want to Change the Food Industry | by Daniel Vennard World Resources Institute | ELM-  Food Security | Scoop.it
A disappointing experience in forest conservation laid the groundwork for marketing expert Daniel Vennard to lead WRI's Better Buying Lab. The initiative will bring together leading food service companies, manufacturers and restaurant chains to shift consumers towards more environmentally friendly plant-based proteins.
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Just telling people to Eat Less Meat is not enough !

Recent marketing and behavioral science has found that most people choose what they buy based on habit, rather than rational, informed decisions. When consumers do deviate from habit, attributes like price, taste and quality tend to be more important than sustainability in changing purchasing decisions.

Just giving people information and telling them not to eat meat will not shift the mainstream. We need to work in line with how people shop and develop messaging that appeals to mainstream consumers.

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People Are Eating More Protein than They Need—Especially in Wealthy Regions | World Resources Institute

People Are Eating More Protein than They Need—Especially in Wealthy Regions | World Resources Institute | ELM-  Food Security | Scoop.it
Overconsumption of protein occurs in all of the world’s regions, and it is rising in developing and emerging economies. In 2009, the average person in more than 90 percent of the world’s countries and territories consumed more protein than estimated requirements.
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Why the protein surge ! Global average protein consumption was approximately 68 grams per person per day—or more than one-third higher than the average daily adult requirement. In the world’s wealthiest regions, protein consumption was higher still

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Finger Licking Good - serious message delivered in an engaging way - Reducetarian org 

If you had a good reason to ease off the drumsticks... how could you do it? Learn more at www.reducetarian.org.
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Going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. It can also help reduce your carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel.

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Canadian Beef - A good news story 

Dr. Tim McAllister, Principal Researcher at Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada in Lethbridge AB discusses beef industry research & the good news story abou
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Grazing cattle are an integral part of the grassland ecosystem and play an important role in nutrient recycling. Pasture lands are important stores of carbon and provide habitat to many species at risk as well as preservation of wetlands that otherwise may be subject to cultivation. Production of cattle in feedlots lowers the carbon footprint of beef and increases the efficiency of beef production. As with any food production system, there is an environmental footprint associated with beef production. The beef footprint has implications for greenhouse gas emissions, nutrient cycling, water and air quality, carbon stores, and preservation of grassland ecosystems. News related to the beef industry and its impact on the environment in the popular press is often about instances when production has not followed best management practices, however some components of the footprint such as the production of greenhouse gases are unavoidable.

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Climate change and fisheries and aquaculture

"The Health of our Planet as well as our own health and future food security all hinge on how well we treat the Blue water " FOA Director General Jose Grazian…
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USDA food waste analytics

The Estimated Amount ,Value , and Calories of Postharvest Food Losses at the Retail and Consumer Levels in the United States . The study also reviewed literat…
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The Estimated Amount ,Value , and Calories of Postharvest Food Losses at the Retail and Consumer Levels in the United States .

The study also reviewed literature and found that food loss is economically efficient in some cases . There is a practical limit to how much food loss the United States or any other country could realistically prevent , reduce , or recover for human consumption given (1) Technical Factors ( eg .the perishable nature of foods , food safety , storage ,and temperature considerations : (2) Temporal and spatial factors (eg the time needed to deliver food to a new destination , and the dispersion of food loss among millions of households, Food processing plants , and food service locations

(3) individual consumers tastes, preferences, and food habits ( eg throwing out left over milk in a bowl of cereal ) : and (4) economic factors ( eg cost to recover and redirect uneaten food to another use )

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Reducing enteric methane for improving food security and livelihoods

Getting Farmers to improve the productivity of ruminants is a key way to improve rural livelihoods and improve food security .Farming systems that are more pro…
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Martin Freeman wants us to Eat Kind

Martin Freeman wants us to 'Eat Kind'. What's all that about then? http://hsi.org/eatkind
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Martin Freeman Celebrity supporters of Eat Less Meat - better for your health , better for animals and better for the planet 

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Why won’t environmental foundations (and nonprofits) go after meat?

Why won’t environmental foundations (and nonprofits) go after meat? | ELM-  Food Security | Scoop.it
Coal plants, fracking, pipelines, gas-guzzling SUVs, plastic bags, coffee pods—all are targets of environmentalists. Why not meat? Eating less meat — chicken, pork and especially beef — may well be the most important thing an individual can do to reduce climate change. Yet, even as animal-welfare groups like the Humane Society of the US, PETA,…
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It’s hard to explain the reluctance. Some NGOs, like The Nature Conservancy and WWF, take money from food companies that produce or sell meat. (The Nature Conservancy, WWF and the National Wildlife Federation work alongside industry in an organization called the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef that aims to limit the environmental impact of beef production.) Other green groups may be loathe to offend their boards or their members. Food is so personal and cultural; no one wants to be told that their mom’s treasured recipe for pot roast is bad for the planet.

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Please, Do the Planet a Favor: Eat Less Meat

Please, Do the Planet a Favor: Eat Less Meat | ELM-  Food Security | Scoop.it
With recent research showing that reducing meat intake could result in two thirds less food-related CO2 emissions—and save millions of lives—there are few excuses left to justify having meat at every meal.
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Overall the new study found that a meat-eater requires at least double the resources of a vegan or vegetarian.

Plant-based diets are particularly impressive when compared to those that are rich in meat, which would require a 50% increase in global cropland area by 2050. In order to achieve this with a chance of no-deforestation, we’d have to convert lots of pasture to cropland and substantially increase yields, likely through using chemicals. But both conversion and intensification generally degrade ecosystems and lead to less biodiversity.

 

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Animal-based Foods are More Resource-Intensive than Plant-Based Foods | World Resources Institute

Animal-based Foods are More Resource-Intensive than Plant-Based Foods | World Resources Institute | ELM-  Food Security | Scoop.it
Like overconsumption of calories, overconsumption of protein widens the food gap. Furthermore, animal-based foods are typically more resource-intensive and environmentally impactful to produce than plant-based foods.
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We produce around 6000 calories per person per day 4000 calories of which go to feed animals or are wasted 

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Denmark is planning to tax meat in the fight against climate change

Denmark is planning to tax meat in the fight against climate change | ELM-  Food Security | Scoop.it


The Danish Council of Ethics recommended an initial tax on beef, with a view to extending the regulation to all red meats in future. It said that in the long term, the tax should apply to all foods at varying levels depending on climate impact.

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Denmark is considering proposals to introduce a tax on red meat, after a government think tank came to the conclusion that “climate change is an ethical problem”.

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