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Coverage of sustainable food since July 31, 2021.

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Kelowna cleantech company receives $3.8 million to fund sustainable pulp plant

"...“Now is the time for ambitious climate action. Cleantech innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization are key to the vital shift to a healthier environment and a net-zero carbon economy. Today’s announcement will boost our leadership in climate and waste reduction technologies and help foster a truly Canadian success story,” said Innovation Science and Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne..."

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GMO crops reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Canadian study finds

"...The study suggests that herbicide-tolerant GM crops and glyphosate can increase soil carbon sequestration, thereby keeping carbon dioxide in the ground rather than releasing it into the atmosphere where it contributes to global warming..."

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Enjoy your guac while you still can: Why some chefs are smashing the avocado trend

"...Sylvain Charlebois, senior director of the Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University in Halifax, told CTV's Your Morning on Tuesday that avocado production is linked to a loss of biodiversity, water shortages and deforestation..."

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Sustainable U: Sustainable swaps for October 2021

"...Have you ever wondered how you can reduce your daily waste and reduce your eco-footprint to live a more eco-conscious lifestyle? Greenwashing has become a popular buzzword and is defined as false advertising in which a company’s products and policies are deceptively used to persuade the customer that they are environmentally friendly when they in fact are not. But it can be difficult to navigate with all the convoluted vocab like “chemical-free,” “natural,” “non-toxic” and more. For this month’s sustainable swaps we’ve put together a quick cheat-sheet you can refer to for your everyday eco-friendly needs and ones that can help you start to vote with your dollar while adhering to the triple bottom line — people, profit and planet..."

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Banquet of Stories 2021

"...Our popular Banquet of Stories program returns! Join us for a hybrid in-person and virtual event, with a spotlight on refugee stories. We will explore the themes of community/personal resilience & sustainable food practice. Featuring two in-person sessions, available for $10..."

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University launches solar greenhouse on campus

"...The Solar Greenhouse was funded through the U of A’s Energy Management and Sustainable Operations department and will be used for research in aquaponics, renewable energy design and application, and sustainable food production..."

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Human rights could address the health and environmental costs of food production Corporate Knights

"...Industrial food production is a major driver of the planetary environmental emergency. Food systems are responsible for 21 to 37 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, 70 per cent of water use and 80 per cent of the pollution causing eutrophication and marine dead zones..."

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New FAO report highlights urgent need to restore Africa’s degraded landscape

"...Moreover, Africa’s drylands are increasingly more vulnerable to climate change and their restoration is a priority for adaptation and building resilient and sustainable food systems..."

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Q&A: How did climate change feature at the UN Food Systems Summit?

"...A host of coalitions were announced and gained traction at the summit, including the Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems coalition and the School Meals Coalition..."

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Gene editing: Powerful tool for managing climate change

"...Recently, I joined a dispersed team of researchers — Sarah Evanega, Modesta Abugu and Wilson Horner — in seeking to understand just how impactful gene editing can be in addressing climate change in agriculture. Looking broadly and deeply into the literature of gene editing applications in crops and livestock we uncovered a beautiful array of successful gene edits. Our review of the literature in this field, published in Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems,  revealed four key points:..."

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Agriculture Often Absent From Election Campaigns

"...“A sustainable food supply and a reliably affordable food supply and all the different ways you want to frame it… that’s something every single voter should be asking their elected officials about. ”..."

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Climate change and pets: ways to reduce the carbon paw print and keep your pet healthy

"...“A lot of us don't necessarily consider companion animals as contributing to climate change, but at the same time we're quite used to the idea that a lot of our own behaviors may cause emissions,” said Protopopova, who works in the animal welfare program at UBC’s faculty of land and food systems..."

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Jobs in sustainable food

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Social Planner I - Social Infrastructure Food Systems - City of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)

"...Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process. If you would like to be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity, please apply through..."

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Community Food Security Coordinator - City of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)

"...Working with the community and GWFC to identify food security needs and issues, providing support and facilitation to increase skills and capacities of residents and organizations to plan and implement community food security and food sovereignty projects and initiatives..."

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Social Planner II - Social Infrastructure Food Systems - City of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)

"...Works within the City’s processes for planning and development (including rezoning and development permit processes), legal agreements (leases and licenses) and capital granting to support the delivery of social infrastructure and food systems requirements..."

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Podcasts

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Sustainable Food Stories featuring Andy Cato

Duration: 30:54

"...In this latest episode, Patrick Holden is joined by Andy Cato, musician and farmer..."

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Sustainable Food Stories featuring Thomasina Miers

Duration: 30:37

"...In this week’s podcast, Patrick Holden is joined by Thomasina Miers, co-founder of restaurant chain Wahaca, which has won numerous awards for its food and sustainability credentials..."

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Sustainable Food Stories featuring Josiah Meldrum

Duration: 28:43

"...This week, Patrick is joined by Josiah Meldrum, co-founder of East-Anglia based Hodmedods, a company who are known for their UK grown grains and pulses, but who are also pioneers of food resilience, advocates of a return to long-forgotten crops and initiators of innovation in kitchens across the country.  ..."

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Sustainable Food Stories featuring Gunhild Stordalen

Duration: 29:36

"...In episode six of the Sustainable Food Stories podcast series, Patrick Holden is joined by Gunhild Stordalen, founder and executive chair of the EAT Foundation and one of the world’s leading environmentalists and food campaigners..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about sustainable food relevant to the latest news.

Climate-Resilient Agricultural Development in the Global South

"...The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal, SDG2, on zero hunger calls for sustainable food production systems and resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, while helping maintain ecosystems, and that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding, and other natural disasters..."

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Cooperation mechanisms for a competitive, sustainable food supply chain to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

"...Given that consumers in this industry are aware of the negative consequences of GHG emissions, such as global warming and climate change, members of the food supply chain should consider mechanisms to reduce GHG emissions..."

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Latin America

"...Although emergency food aid continues to be provided in those cases where nutritional needs are urgent, especially in the immediate aftermath of natural disasters, most international assistance is extended to build sustainable food systems in the region..."

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The evolution of the blue-green revolution of rice-fish cultivation for sustainable food production

"...Combining the blue revolution (aquaculture) and the green revolution (agriculture), integrated rice-fish cultivation would provide a form of sustainable intensification that able to produce more food from the same area of land and water without or less environmental impacts..."

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The edible biota in irrigated, deepwater, and rainfed rice fields of Asia: a neglected treasure for sustainable food system

"...Irrigated, rainfed, deepwater rice agro-ecosystems of Asia replete with a suite of edible flora and fauna have provided an alternate and affordable source of essential nutrients apart from the staple..."

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Agroecology and nutritional health: A comparison of agroecological farmers and their neighbors in the Ecuadorian highlands

"...Agroecology-based famers' networks may thus hold promise for integrating nutritional health priorities into sustainable food systems..."

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Negotiating Unsustainable Food Transformations: Development, Middle Classes and Everyday Food Practices in Vietnam

"...Amidst calls for making food systems more sustainable, new unsustainable food transformations unfold alongside economic development..."

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Characterisation of aquaponic producers and small-scale facilities in Spain and Latin America

"...Aquaponics is a sustainable food production system combining hydroponics and aquaculture..."

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Asia

"...While food aid is provided in emergency situations, especially in response to the natural disasters that frequently strike the region, most resources are invested in projects designed to improve agricultural productivity, promote rural development, and preserve natural environments..."

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Introduction

"...In this introductory chapter, we introduce agroecology as an urgent alternative paradigm for food and farming in a time of growing ecological, economic and social crises..."

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Carbon footprint and water footprint of rice and wheat production in Punjab, India

"...Carbon footprint and water footprint assessments can be powerful tools to guide sustainable food production systems..."

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From individual behaviour strategies to sustainable food systems: Countering the obesity and non communicable diseases epidemic

"...Improving healthy diets requires broader thinking and collaboration, particularly around maintaining sustainable food systems, which signifies a shift from individualistic/behavioural approaches in health promotion..."

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