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Health effects of dietary risks in 195 countries, 1990–2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017
Large international study published in Lancet which figured that more important than reducing "bad food" is the focus on eating more "good food" (fruits, nuts, vegetables).

"In 2017, 11 million deaths and 255 million DALYs (disability-adjusted life years) were attributable to dietary risk factors. High intake of sodium, low intake of whole grains , and low intake of fruits were the leading dietary risk factors for deaths and DALYs globally and in many countries. Dietary data were from mixed sources and were not available for all countries, increasing the statistical uncertainty of our estimates."

"This study provides a comprehensive picture of the potential impact of suboptimal diet on NCD (non-communicable disease) mortality and morbidity, highlighting the need for improving diet across nations. Our findings will inform implementation of evidence-based dietary interventions and provide a platform for evaluation of their impact on human health annually."


Funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Agrachina  foodsystems  Research  food  health  Sustainability  Report  Wheat  Nuts_DriedFruit  fruits  Statistics 
april 2019 by eocas
International Vegetarian Union (IVU)
International Vegetarian Union founded in 1908 which became a global network of independent organisations which are promoting veg'ism (vegetarian & vegan) worldwide.

Agrachina  health  food  foodsystems  Sustainability  NGO_NPO  Germany  Platform  Vegan  via:frauchauchat 
march 2019 by eocas
one earth
"One Earth (OE) sees a not-so-distant future when humanity and the natural world coexist in harmony. Instead of pockets of nature in a human-controlled world, we envision a thriving wilderness dotted by green cities of the future. By 2050, more than two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities, creating an unprecedented opportunity to protect our natural resources, while providing access to clean air and water, healthy food, and sustainable livelihoods for all people.
OE Campaign plan that tackles three of the world’s greatest problems — climate change, biodiversity loss, and food and water security. It seeks to ensure the resilience of our biosphere through a three-pillar strategy: 100% clean, renewable energy; conservation of 50% of our lands and oceans; and a shift to regenerative, carbon-negative agriculture globally by 2050.
The OE Climate Model is the first to show the enormous social, environmental, and economic benefits of a rapid transition to 100% renewable energy combined with a portfolio of Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) that achieve an estimated 500 billion tonnes of negative emissions, enough to bring our climate back into balance.
Geospatial computations conducted in the environmental sector, incorporating a wide range of data sets to create a global map called the OE Safety Net, which shows how we can secure the integrity of our biosphere. The map is organized by 190 bioregions: groupings of terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecoregions that allow for an analysis of the interdependencies between energy production, environmental conservation, and food and water access in each region."

Powered by Sustainable Markets Foundation and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

Agrachina  Sustainability  foundation  Environment  environmentalism  climatechange  Green-New-Wave  Air  water  foodsystems  Social  Biodiversity  Food_Security  Renewable_Energy  Organic_Agriculture  bigdata  Energiemix  Energy-saving  Energy_Production  USA  Fundraising 
march 2019 by eocas
The global food problem isn’t what you think - The Washington Post
Making a point for 'Nutrition Security'!

"Providing food security to the nearly 10 billion people who will inhabit the globe by 2050 is one of the key issues of the 21st century. Given that reality, you might think the international community would at least be able to agree on how to define the problem.

Unfortunately, you would be wrong.

While a large part of the agricultural research establishment is focused on one aspect of the challenge — calories — another part of the scientific community is focused on a related but different one: adequate nutrient consumption.

To this point, the first group has driven the world’s agricultural research agenda. But a new study I co-authored with a group of international scientists and recently published in Nature Sustainability suggests that calorie fundamentalism is leading us down a dangerous path.

Our group looked at both the question of how much food will be available during the next three decades and the question of whether this food will meet our nutritional needs.
We must shift our emphasis from food security to nutrition security.

A major effort must be made to increase the productivity — the yield per hectare — of nutrient-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and beans. By enhancing their productivity, we’ll make them more available and affordable. And we’ll see the benefits in a diminished obesity crisis and fewer victims of micronutrient deficiencies."

Written by Gerald C. Nelson, a professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a former senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute.

Agrachina  health  food  foodsystems  Food_Security  Food_Safety  development  NGO_NPO  Research 
march 2019 by eocas
YPARD | Young Professionals for Agricultural Development
"YPARD enables and empowers young agricultural leaders who shape sustainable food systems. It is an international movement by Young Professionals FOR Young Professionals for Agricultural Development.
This global on-line and off-line communication and discussion platform is meant to enable and empower young agricultural leaders around the world to shape sustainable food systems."

Started in 2005, hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Global Forum for Agricultural Research (GFAR), Bioversity International and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). In 2006 in Bern, Switzerland funding support by SDC and official formation in India soon after.

Besides of fostering discussion via their social network function are they also have a regularly updated directory related to fundraising. For example they have posted the 'International Innovation Award for Sustainable Food and Agriculture' from the FAO and the Swiss governmentfor which our UR Bridge app is eligible for the 'Award for Digitalization and innovation for Sustainable Food Systems (USD 40 000)'.

Agrachina  Rural_Development  community  Social  SocialEntrepreneur  Social_Networking  Agricultural_Development  Forum  foodsystems  Food_And_Agriculture_Organization  Policy  Politics  Sustainability  poverty  Fundraising  Innovation  Italy  Switzerland  UrB 
january 2019 by eocas
Agruppa (formerly: SokoText)
"Agruppa leverages mobile phone technology to empower small food vendors in low income neighborhoods by providing them with fruits and vegetables at wholesale prices."

Received support by Hult Prize (world's largest student competition for social good) and Clinton Initiative. Pitch video:

Agrachina  Startupinthecloud  Mobile  food  foodsystems  Logistics  Africa  southamerica  Fruit_Vegetable_Trade  wholesale  Technology  SocialEntrepreneur 
november 2018 by eocas
World Centric
"World Centric was founded in 2004 to raise awareness of large-scale humanitarian and environmental issues and how our pursuit of a good life was severely degrading the planet’s ecosystems and at the same time creating vast inequalities where 2.5 billion people live on less than $2/day, without access to basic necessities such as adequate food, water, healthcare, education, housing, sanitation etc.
World Centric provides high quality compostable food service disposables and food packaging products for use in schools, corporate cafeterias, restaurants, hospitals, parties etc. Our products are made annually renewable resources like corn, sugarcane, and wheat straw fiber. Sugar cane and wheat straw fiber are also discarded by-products of the agriculture industry and we are using this discarded fiber to make sustainable alternatives to plastics and styrofoam."

Agrachina  packaging  USA  Sustainability  Manufacturing  material  Compost  food  foodsystems  corn  sugarcane  Wheat  waste 
december 2017 by eocas
Global Food Security Conference
Annual conference organized by Dutch for-profit research paper platform Elsevier.

Their five core conference themes reflect an integrated approach to identifying solutions to the complex global challenge of food security:

Food creation
Food safety and bio security
Food loss and waste
Food in a changing society
Food utilization

Agrachina  foodsystems  Conference  Forum  Sustainability  Africa  food  Food_Security  waste  Food_Preservation_Engineering  Food_And_Agriculture_Organization 
november 2017 by eocas
Blockchain Development Company (aka "EcoChain")
Platform for eco-friendly crypto projects. Ethereum-based token to support sustainability (environmental and humanitarian impact) projects via (their) ecosystem. First three dApps projects in renewables, recycling and provenance:

Invest directly in renewable energy projects of your choice around the world.

Earn income by trading in your plastic and cans.

Guarantee what you buy is what you see on the label.

Established foundation in Scotland / UK.

Agrachina  Startupinthecloud  blockchain  Eco  ecological  Sustainability  Environment  Humanitarian  Renewable_Energy  Recycling  Transparency  food  foodsystems  Ecosystem  Investor_Relations  Platform  decentralization  UK 
october 2017 by eocas
UNFI | Organic, Natural & Specialty Food Distributor
Main-providing distributor for Whole Foods. About from Wiki:
"United Natural Foods, Incorporated, also known as UNFI, is a distributor of natural and organic foods, specialty foods, and related products in the United States and Canada. The company distributes to grocery and natural food stores and is the primary distributor to Whole Foods Market. UNFI offers dry, refrigerated and frozen groceries, personal care products, supplements, fresh produce, perishables, and non-food items such as household cleaning products."

Infos about 2017-2025 contract with Whole Foods:

Agrachina  distributor  USA  food  Trade  foodsystems  natural  Organic  Retail 
september 2017 by eocas
Menus of Change: The Business of Healthy, Sustainable, Delicious Food Choices initiative
"Initiative developed by The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in collaboration with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Working to create a long-term, practical vision for the integration of optimal nutrition and public health, environmental stewardship and restoration, and social responsibility concerns within the foodservice sector and beyond.
Our Principles of Healthy, Sustainable Menus provide chefs and foodservice leaders with menu and recipe guidance related to health and sustainability, along with business strategies that integrate both environmental and nutrition science imperatives.

Host a leadership summit each June.
Each year, the Menus of Change Annual Report is developed in collaboration with leading scientists and business experts, who sit on the initiative's Scientific and Technical Advisory Council and Sustainable Business Leadership Council, to ensure the report reflects the most current and accurate evidence available."

education  food  food_safety  waste  foodsystems  food_standards  Health  environment  environmentalism  Research_Institutes  foundation  community  Report  Best_practice  Tutorial  Sustainability  Business_Model  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
june 2016 by eocas
From Uniformity to Diversity: A paradigm shift from industrial agriculture to diversified agroecological systems
"Report by the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food), launched on 2 June 2016 at the Trondheim Biodiversity Conference (Norway) calls for a radical change in our food production systems.

Many of the problems in food systems are linked specifically to the uniformity at the heart of industrial agriculture, and its reliance on chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Simply tweaking industrial agriculture will not provide long-term solutions to the multiple problems it generates.
It is not a lack of evidence holding back the agroecological alternative. It is the mismatch between its huge potential to improve outcomes across food systems, and its much smaller potential to generate profits for agribusiness firms."

Critical response of a farmer who argues generalizations on the farm-side issues of farm justice:

Research_Agriculture_Investments  Research_Institutes  Research_Analytics_Organic  research  datasource  Report  Sustainability  Food_Trade  food  food_safety  foodsystems  Ecobalance  Ecology  Agricultural_Development  Agricultural_Publication  farming  biodiversity  Fertilizer  Pesticide  Agroecology  Organic  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Food_Regulations  Organic_Food_Trade  Organic_food  organic_education  Organic_Movement_Organisation  Organic_Marketing  Organic_Farming  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
june 2016 by eocas
Sustainable Food Systems Programme (SFS)

"SFS Programme of the 10-Year Framework for Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (10YFP) is a multi-stakeholder initiative to accelerate the shift towards more sustainable food systems.

The SFS Programme aims to promote sustainability all along the food value chain, from farm to fork. It does so through concrete activities including in the areas of awareness raising, capacity development, facilitating access to knowledge and information, and strengthening partnerships. The Programme brings together existing initiatives and partnerships working in related areas, highlighting good practices and success stories, and builds synergies as well as cooperation among stakeholders to leverage resources towards mutual objectives and minimize duplication of ongoing efforts. Within its four work areas, the Programme focuses on priority activities such as the promotion of sustainable diets and the reduction of food losses and waste."

sustainability  consumer  food  security  food_safety  Stakeholder_Management  foodsystems  Food_Processing  Food_Trade  policy  Ecology  waste  import_agrachina  Agrachina  supplychain 
may 2016 by eocas
Avoiding Future Famines - Strengthening the Ecological Basis of Security through Sustainable Food Systems
Report / book by United Nations Environmental Program.

Food security discourse: Its ecological foundation. The report argues that while factors such as availability, access, utilization and stability must be given adequate attention for global food security to be achieved, an underlying factor – the ecological dimension is not only largely being overlooked but is also being undermined.

Main objectives:

1. To describe the problem. What is the significance of the ecological foundation of food security and how is this foundation being undermined by societal pressures?

2. To offer some possible solutions. How can we build sustainable food systems?

Some of the causes or threats are longstanding (over- fishing, agricultural practices that lead to soil erosion), but some are new or growing (climate change, coastal dead zones, competition for land between food and biofuels, competition for water between irrigation and other water use sectors).
Lower meat consumption!

food  security  Ecology  sustainability  policy  politics  fish  climatechange  foodsystems  biofuels  irrigation  water  consumption  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
may 2016 by eocas

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