Eliminating consumption of meat and dairy is the single biggest way to reduce your environmental impact on Earth, a new study has found. Scientists from Oxford University and the Swiss agricultural research institute, Agroscope examined 40,000 farms and 1,600 processors, packaging types, and retailers in 119 countries. The study marks the most comprehensive analysis yet of damage farming does to the planet. It also assessed how different production practices and geographies lead to different environmental impacts for 40 major foods. They found that without meat and dairy consumption, global agricultural land would be reduced by 76 percent.
Nitrous oxide and methane released into the atmosphere from rice farms are fuelling global warming, equivalent to the long term impact of 600 coal plants. Researchers found that paddies which opt for intermittent flooding - in an effort to conserve water - emit up to 45 times more nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas. That's compared to continuously flooded farms that mainly emit methane, which stays in the atmosphere for considerably less time. The findings raise the prospect that rice farming worldwide is responsible for up to twice the level of climate change as had been thought. Nitrous oxide and methane released into the atmosphere from rice farms are fuelling global warming.
Climate change could have a devastating impact on food security around the world. Eliminating hunger and curbing the effects of climate change are both U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which world leaders are committed to achieving by 2030. And, like many SDGs, these two pressing issues are interconnected. SEE ALSO: This company wants you to text with'ugly' fruit emoji to fight food waste Research shows that a combination of more frequent and intense climate disasters, decreases in crop yields and production, and a lack of natural resources will worsen food insecurity -- and threaten the livelihoods of millions of people. For this year's World Food Day on Oct. 16, advocates are turning their attention to the climate to help address this issue.
A federal judge in Delaware says a legal battle between the Dupont Co. and Vermont officials over genetically modified foods should play out in Vermont. The judge on Friday granted a request by Vermont officials to transfer the case to their state, where trade groups representing food producers are fighting a new law requiring the labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients. The first-in-the-nation law is to take effect July 1. The Grocery Manufacturer's Association is leading a court challenge claiming, among other things, that the labeling law violates the First Amendment and is unconstitutionally vague. Meanwhile, Dupont and Syngenta Corp. are fighting efforts by Vermont officials to force the companies to turn over results of their research regarding the potential health and environmental impacts of genetically engineered crops.
The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and partners are hosting their ninth Disco-tech event in conjunction with the 2019 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Berlin, on the evening of 26 November. We invite you to join us for this peer-learning event about utilising the potential of information and communications technologies (ICTs) in strategies to mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis. Food: Refreshments will be served at 19:00 and a light dinner will be provided during the break. We will soon make available an RSVP online form. APC and partners are hosting their ninth Disco-tech event in conjunction with the 2019 IGF in Berlin, on this occasion with a focus on the environmental impact of ICTs.