Food & Agriculture

Green developments in the way grow, process and deliver foods and organic products.

September 27th is Earth Overshoot Day

Green Lifestyles - September 27th is Earth Overshoot Day. Humanity has exhausted the budget of what nature can provide this yearHumanity has exhausted the budget of what nature can provide this year

Oakland, CA — – Humanity is surpassing nature’s budget for the year, and is moving into the ecological equivalent of overdraft, according to data from Global Footprint Network, an international research organization with offices in California and Geneva.

Similarly to the way a bank statement tracks income against expenditures, Global Footprint Network tracks human demand on nature (for example, for providing food, producing raw materials and absorbing CO2) against nature’s capacity to regenerate those resources and absorb the waste. Its calculations show that, in approximately nine months, we have surpassed a level of demand on resources that the planet would be able to sustainably support this year. Read More »

Poultry Industry Statement on Pew’s ‘Report’

Green Infrastructure - Poultry Industry Statement on Pew's 'Report': America's broiler chicken companies and the 30,000 farm families that grow broiler chickens are committed to the responsible production of food that is safe, affordable and abundant for consumers in the United States and around the worldWASHINGTON, /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National Chicken Council and the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association released a statement today in response to the Pew Charitable Trust’s comments on environmental conditions in the Chesapeake bay region:
America’s broiler chicken companies and the 30,000 farm families that grow broiler chickens are committed to the responsible production of food that is safe, affordable and abundant for consumers in the United States and around the world. In contrast to Pew Charitable Trust’s well-known antipathy towards poultry farmers, the industry is more diligent and innovative than ever in pursuing environmental improvements. The fact that Pew seems to be unaware of the scope of environmental progress underway in the poultry community is evidence that this report is little more than a cheap shot at a responsible business. Read More »

World Economic and Social Survey 2011

Green Infrastructure - World Economic and Social Survey 2011. UN report calls for major investments in new technologies in developing countries to build green economies. Need for immediate gains in energy efficiency, agricultural production and disaster reductionUN report calls for major investments in new technologies in developing countries to build green economies. Need for immediate gains in energy efficiency, agricultural production and disaster reduction

Geneva, - Over the next three to four decades, humankind must bring about a fundamental technological overhaul of production processes worldwide to end poverty and avert the likely catastrophic impacts of climate change and environmental degradation, the United Nations said in a report issued today.

Major investments will be needed worldwide in the development and scaling up of clean energy technologies, sustainable farming and forestry techniques, climate-proofing of infrastructure, and in technologies reducing non-biodegradable waste production, according to The World Economic and Social Survey 2011: The Great Green Technological Transformation, published by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA). Read More »

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