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It’s official: China now eats twice the meat we do

It’s official: China now eats twice the meat we do | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
China's meat consumption has changed a lot in the last 20 years -- so much so that corn to feed industrially raised animals is now more prevalent than rice.

 

China becoming the green transition leader? think again.

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New science reveals agriculture’s true climate impact

New science reveals agriculture’s true climate impact | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Scientists can finally prove that overuse of fertilizer in industrial farming is a major cause of climate change. Whether or not this will make it easier to hold Big Ag accountable is yet to be seen"

 

Excellent article in Grist on the need to cut nitrous oxide emissions.

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Agriculture and Climate Change, Revisited

Agriculture and Climate Change, Revisited | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Chagrined by the failure of delegates to embrace agriculture as a formal priority in climate change talks in Durban, a group of experts calls for more research and advocacy on the world's food system.

 

Excellent piece on the NY Times Green blog on why agriculture should get more attention in the climate change debate.

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Questions About Organic Produce and Sustainability

Questions About Organic Produce and Sustainability | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Even as more Americans buy foods labeled organic, the products are moving away from a traditional emphasis on local growing and limited environmental strain.
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Soaring Oil and Food Prices Threaten Affordable Food Supply

"The current global food system is highly fuel- and transport-dependent. Fuels will almost certainly become less affordable in the near and medium term, making the current, highly fuel-dependent agricultural production system less secure and food less affordable. It is therefore necessary to promote food self-sufficiency and reduce the need for fuel inputs to the food system at all levels."

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George Monbiot on the EU's farming policy reform: Big Farmer

George Monbiot on the EU's farming policy reform: Big Farmer | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"The poorest taxpayers are subsidising the richest people in Europe: and this spending will remain uncut until at least 2020."

 

George Monbiot's radical attack on the EU's proposals for reform of its Common Agricultural Policy. I only agree partially with George's critique. While financial help should be seriously capped, if not abolished, for these "big farmers", the EU needs a common farming and environment policy. In an age of increasing resource constraints and globalisation in reverse, we will need more farmers in the future, not less.

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EU agricultural policy: Responding to the crisis?

EU agricultural policy: Responding to the crisis? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

From VoxEU: "As Europe battles a life-threatening crisis, the European Commission has found time to discuss the much-maligned Common Agricultural Policy. This column, by the former OECD Director for Trade and Agriculture, argues that far from seizing the opportunity to use CAP to benefit fiscal discipline, policymakers are maintaining an outdated and inefficient system for the financial benefit of farmers."


Another very critical assessment of the EU's new CAP reform proposals. Interesting but misses the CAP weaknesses in terms of responding to the "perfect storm" of climate change, water and energy scarcity, peak phosporus and other sustainability challenges.

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How to feed 7 billion of us without ruining the planet

How to feed 7 billion of us without ruining the planet | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
A new study says feeding all 7 billion of us is possible with the resources at hand -- we'll just have to rethink how and where we're farming.

 

Excellent article from The Grist summarising a new Nature study on how are current industrialised farming system is failing the feed the world and what can be done about it.

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Auditors deal setback to EU agricultural reform

Auditors deal setback to EU agricultural reform | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
The European Court of Auditors today (17 April) dealt a blow to the European Commission’s overhaul of agricultural policies, saying in an opinion that the proposals are “too complex” and expose the EU to possible abuse in its direct payments scheme.
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Peak Meat: U.S. Meat Consumption Falling

Peak Meat: U.S. Meat Consumption Falling | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"U.S. meat consumption has peaked. Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that meat eating across the country fell from the 2004 high point of 184 pounds (83 kilograms) per person to 171 pounds in 2011. Early estimates for 2012 project a further reduction in American meat eating to 166 pounds, making for a 10 percent drop over the eight-year period. For a society that lives high on the food chain, this new trend could signal the end of meat’s mealtime dominance." (Source: Earth Policy Institute)

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Resolving the Food Crisis: Global leaders fail to make crucial reforms

Although various inter-governmental institutions have rung the alarm bell over global food prices, they have also avoided deeper structural reforms therefore leaving the world at risk of anuther devastating food crisis.

 

Interesting and critical report by Tuft University's Global Development and Environment Institute and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.

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Why Agriculture Needs to Catch Up on Climate Change Action

Why Agriculture Needs to Catch Up on Climate Change Action | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Agriculture is one of the first sectors that will be seriously affected by climate change, yet the sector is far behind in quantifying and reducing its carbon footprint.

 

Good article from GreenBiz.com.

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Can Ocean Farms Actually Be More Sustainable Than Even the Most Environmentally Sensitive Traditional Farms?

Can Ocean Farms Actually Be More Sustainable Than Even the Most Environmentally Sensitive Traditional Farms? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
We know that big aquaculture operations can be a disaster, but small seaweed and shellfish operations offer a greener and cleaner solution.

 

Interesting article from Alternet on sustainable forms of ocean farming.

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New Report: Achieving Food Security in the Face of Climate Change

New Report: Achieving Food Security in the Face of Climate Change | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

Interesting new report from the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change with recommendations for policymakers.

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New OECD report Risk management in agriculture

New OECD report Risk management in agriculture | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Farmers face multiple, often simultaneous, sources of agricultural risk - weather, market prices, disease and more. "


Interesting to see that his new report says very little about the risks of energy descent and resource depletion.

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The Story of Agriculture and the Green Economy

The Story of Agriculture and the Green Economy | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

Interesting new website from the Farming First Coalition on Sustainable Farming

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