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Coverage of sustainable food systems since March 14, 2021.

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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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Richardson Centre Receives Safe Food For Canadians Regulations Licence

"...“This important certification builds on investments the University of Manitoba has made in people and infrastructure that address the priority research theme of ‘Safe, Healthy, Just and Sustainable Food Systems’,” said Martin Scanlon, dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. “It also aligns with the Manitoba Protein Advantage Strategy and Canada's Protein Industries Supercluster initiatives that advance plant protein utilization, particularly on the Canadian Prairies. ”..."

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4 reasons to care about the UN Food Systems Summit

"...The Alliance for Science is hosting this dialogue because we believe that resilient, equitable, innovative and sustainable food systems are foundational to better education, good health and economic development. We also believe that agricultural technologies can help the world address a host of sustainable development challenges by breeding crops with higher yields, reduced needs for fertilizer, better nutrition, resilience to climate shocks and resistance to insect pests. Modern biotechnology is an innovative, increasingly accessible tool that can help us achieve SDGs quickly and safely, while co-existing with other technologies and farming methods, such as digitalization and agroecology..."

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Sustainable production of soy and maize could ‘boost yields and cut emissions’ in China Carbon Brief

"...The study, published in Nature Food, examines soy and maize production in China at the county level. It finds that converting some of the land from maize to soy and implementing a set of more sustainable farming practises would cut both greenhouse gas emissions and fertiliser use by 2035..."

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Food systems offer huge opportunities to cut emissions, study finds

"...A new global analysis says that greenhouse-gas emissions from food systems have long been systematically underestimated--and points to major opportunities to cut them. The authors estimate that activities connected to food production and consumption produced the equivalent of 16 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2018--one third of the human-produced total, and an 8 percent increase since 1990. A companion policy paper highlights the need to integrate research with efforts to reduce emissions..."

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Walmart Canada Sourcing Beef From Certified Sustainable Farms And Ranches

"..."Walmart Canada has been a strong partner on our sustainability journey. We're delighted that they are now showcasing the CRSB Certified label in Walmart stores across the country. The label will help Canadians understand the sustainable practices that are used and how their food is raised, so that they can better understand how that contributes to a sustainable food system..."

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Combining solar panels and lamb grazing increases land productivity, study finds

"..."The results from the study support the benefits of agrivoltaics as a sustainable agricultural system," said Alyssa Andrew, a master's student at Oregon State who is the lead author of the paper published in Frontier in Sustainable Food Systems..."

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International study shows alternative seafood networks provided resiliency during pandemic

"...The spike in demand reflected a temporary relocalization phenomenon that can occur during periods of systemic shock -- an inverse yet complementary relationship between global and local seafood systems that contributes to the resilience of regional food systems, according to the research team, which published its findings in Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems..."

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Rancher urges Cariboo Regional District to focus on local food security

"...The letter, written by Kent Mullinix, director of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS), an applied research and extension unit at KPU, invited the CRD to consider providing a letter of endorsement in concept for the organic extension service and asked for the board's willingness to consider a tangible financial contribution to support the service. A feasibility study is being funded by B. C..."

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Jobs in sustainable food systems

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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

Recent episodes that mention sustainable food systems.

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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Sustainable Food Stories featuring Anna Jones

Duration: 27:04

"...In the opening episode of our new podcast series, Patrick Holden is joined by vegetarian cook and bestselling author, Anna Jones.  The conversation begins by exploring a question that is on the minds of many, ‘what should I eat to be healthy and sustainable?’..."

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Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about sustainable food systems.


Academic Research

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

Consumer’s food waste in different restaurants configuration: A comparison between different levels of incentive and inter

"...Reducing food waste is necessary for achieving healthy diets and sustainable food systems due to its negative impacts on resource conservation, food security, and environmental, social and economic costs..."

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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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Policy forum: Shifting cultivation and agroforestry in the Amazon: Premises for REDD+

"...forest degradation), particularly on Amazon forests, are our grounds to justify the implementation of public policies aiming to the substitution by agroforestry systems (AFS) as a sustainable food system..."

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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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Environmentally sustainable hospital foodservices: drawing on staff perspectives to guide change

"...Driving towards sustainable solutions in foodservices can see financial and social benefits, whilst allowing hospitals to position themselves as leaders towards a sustainable food system and healthcare sector..."

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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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Integrating fisheries, food and nutrition – Insights from people and policies in Timor-Leste

"...We discuss challenges and options for future integration of fisheries into sustainable food systems in Timor-Leste and more broadly, including the need for greater political will and resources, combined with clearer targets and actions within instruments..."

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Modeling the Growth of Sugar Kelp (Saccharina latissima) in Aquaculture Systems using Dynamic Energy Budget Theory

"...Aquaculture is an industry with the capacity for further growth that can contribute to sustainable food systems to feed an increasing global population..."

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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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Understanding the protein transition: The rise of plant-based meat substitutes

"...Even though the food system is responsible for a significant part of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and a transition to a sustainable food system is needed, the growing body of literature on sustainability transitions has paid little attention to the food processing sector..."

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The influence of emergency food aid on the causal disaster vulnerability of Indigenous food systems

"...However, emergency food aid exacerbates several key determinants of vulnerability such as declining self-efficacy and adaptive capacity, in addition to encouraging unsustainable food system practices..."

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A scoping review of policies promoting and supporting sustainable food systems in the university setting

"...Conclusions This study indicates that while sustainable food systems are considered in some university governance documents, efforts are predominantly focused on aspects such as waste management or procurement of fair-trade items which as stand-alone practices are likely to have minimal impact..."

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