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FAO, CIHEAM & UfM: Promoting Food Systems transformation in the Mediterranean towards #2030

FAO, CIHEAM & UfM: Promoting Food Systems transformation in the Mediterranean towards #2030 | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

On January 14, 2021, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) signed a memorandum of understanding agreement (MoU) to provide a framework for collaboration to promote their common goals and objectives in accelerating progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, through collaborative actions to support the shift towards more sustainable food systems in the Mediterranean region.

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‘Meat is part of a sustainable world’: Professor Louise Fresco

‘Meat is part of a sustainable world’: Professor Louise Fresco | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Professor Louise Fresco used the prestigious City Food Lecture in London to argue in favour of the shift towards flexitarian and reductionist diets. But she warned against doing away with meat consumption altogether.
Eating meat will be an important part of a sustainable food system, said the leading Dutch scientist and academic Professor Louise Fresco.

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Food or War: Alarming take on future of humanity

Food or War: Alarming take on future of humanity | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
“The most destructive object on the planet,” writes Julian Cribb in this alarming assessment of our food future, is “the human jawbone. It is presently devouring the Earth – and that is not a wise strategy for our long-term survival”. Our rapacious desire to consume has caused wars, built empires, permanently changed the Earth’s ecosystem, and is now pushing humanity towards a cliff edge. Climate change, environmental degradation, unsustainable growth, and industrialised agriculture are part of a toxic cocktail that means “the world faces the greatest threat to global food supply in all of human history”.
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Liquidating Our Future Versus Lasting Prosperity

Liquidating Our Future Versus Lasting Prosperity | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Our current economies are running the largest Ponzi scheme ever. We are using the Earth’s future resources to power our current economies. Currently, humanity consumes the planet’s natural resources more quickly than Earth can replenish them. Debt balloons and eventually bursts. Humanity’s ecological debt shows up as carbon in the atmosphere, collapsing fish stocks, shrinking forests, eroding soils, and depleting groundwater.
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Big payoff if nature 'restored' in the right places

Big payoff if nature 'restored' in the right places | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Reverting agricultural land to a wild state in a world still plagued by hunger and anticipating another two billion mouths to feed also raises the spectre of food shortages.

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How To Reduce Food Waste

How To Reduce Food Waste | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
With sustainable and plant-based diets becoming more normalised, attention has been given to food waste and how to reduce its impact on the environment; the handling of food and its associated greenhouse gas emissions are not far behind those of the energy and transportation industries. 
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), if food waste were a country, it would be the 3rd-largest contributor of carbon emissions, after the US and China. In terms of area, food waste would be as big as India and Canada combined. These figures are staggering considering that 11% of the global population is undernourished.
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What next for fair trade food and drink?

What next for fair trade food and drink? | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Fair trade standards should become watchdogs instead of the benchmark for sustainability, argues the recently appointed head of sustainable commodities NGO Solidaridad.
Jeroen Douglas, executive director of Solidaridad, says organisations like Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance should push for regulation and price transparency in commodity markets, but shouldn’t be the reference for sustainability.
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Sustainability | Free Full-Text | Using Local Agroecological Knowledge in Climate Change Adaptation: A Study of Tree-Based Options in Northern Morocco

Sustainability | Free Full-Text | Using Local Agroecological Knowledge in Climate Change Adaptation: A Study of Tree-Based Options in Northern Morocco | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Communities in northern Morocco are vulnerable to increasing water scarcity and food insecurity. Context specific adaptation options thus need to be identified to sustain livelihoods and agroecosystems in this region, and increase the resilience of vulnerable smallholders, and their farming systems, to undesired effects of social-ecological change. This study took a knowledge-based systems approach to explore whether and how tree-based (i.e., agroforestry) options could contribute to meeting these adaptation needs.

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