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Due to a busy start of 2023 I hadn't discussed our recent paper @npjbiodiversity…, done with @gpardoBC3 @MoustaphaItani @AgusBC3 (@BC3Research, @GCCGtweet).
For many reasons, it's important to know natural herbivore abundance. #FoodSystems #conservation 1/9
Back in 2008, Anthony Barnosky had proposed a first estimate on how much herbivore was naturally populating Earth. He was not intending to close the issue - rather trying to open a debate that is very relevant for understanding and managing ecosystems.
Yet many have since then taken such estimate as written in stone, neither really understanding the scientific method (subjected to constant validation) nor reviewing evidence published later. A call of attention for unfortunate partisan use of science.
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🌱For the next couple of weeks, countries are coming together at the @UNBiodiversity #COP15 to adopt the landmark “Global Biodiversity Framework”.

➡️But what are the 7⃣elements that must be included in that framework, for it to be really ambitious & transformative?

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1⃣ - A clear and ambitious “Mission” for 2030, to halt and reverse the loss of #biodiversity and secure a #NaturePositive world by the end of the decade.

👉It means that in 2030, we have more #Nature than there is now.… Image
2⃣ - 2030 targets to conserve at least 30% of land, freshwater and oceans, and restore degraded ecosystems globally - placing Indigenous Peoples & local communities at the centre of conservation policies.
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#COP27 ends, our quick take:
-Hopeful: agreement on loss & damage
-Bad: we’re on track to 2.7C
-Significant: 1st agreement to include action on agriculture & #foodsecurity
-Disappointing: #agroecology & #foodsystems deleted
-Dismaying: zero #climatefinance for small-scale farmers Image
It is a significant step to see the UN #climate agreement will officially begin to target greater action on the 1/3rd of carbon emissions from industrial #agriculture and make agriculture more resilient to climate change - @ZGoita Image
We cannot ignore that the world’s small-scale farmers have been shut out & drowned out from this #COP27 says @Million_Belay of @Afsafrica.

They demanded recognition for diverse resilient farming #agroecology, and #climatefinance. But they leave with very little Image
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Slide summary from my presentation at #COP27 about the Unique Role of Nutrient-Dense Animal Proteins for Sustainable Food Security. (thread) #meat #livestock #foodsystems #nutrition #climatechange #malnutrition #hiddenhunger #foodsecurity Image
Are the charges against meat and livestock justified? Are we looking at this debate in a holistic way? Are we certain of the evidence against meat? Image
Or are policymakers afflicted by "Carbon Tunnel Vision" and not taking into account the multidimensional value livestock have to human health, rural livelihoods and ecosystem function? Image
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"Livestock systems must progress on the basis of the highest scientific standards. They are too precious to society to become the victim of simplification, reductionism or zealotry"

#COP27 #FoodSystems #ActionOnFood #FoodSystemsPavilion #LetsTalkLivestock
"Today’s food systems face an unprecedented double challenge"

#COP27 #FoodSystems #ActionOnFood #FoodSystemsPavilion #LetsTalkLivestock
"The highest standards of [..] evidence underscore that the regular consumption of meat, dairy & eggs, as part of a well-balanced diet is advantageous for human beings"

#COP27 #FoodSystems #ActionOnFood #FoodSystemsPavilion #LetsTalkLivestock
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Who wants a nice thread on environmental pressures from the global food system? You know you do @GlobalFoodLeeds @SRILeeds 1/ Image
An awesome team led by @BSHalpern & @ucsb_nceas calculated and, for the first time, produced a spatial map of where pressures from the food system are produced. Paper at:…, email me if you want a PDF 2/ Image
We found that these pressures (disturbance, nutrient pollution, water use, and GHG emissions) are wildly uneven in their distribution. Over 90% of pressures come from just 10% of the world; with 40% of pressures from the just 1% 3/ Image
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When we talk about #FoodEquity and food shortages around the world, we often hear the term 'Food Systems' 🔄

But what exactly are food systems? And how are current #FoodSystems limiting our ability to #LeaveNoOneBehind?

A 🧵 ahead of #WorldFoodDay2022 👇
The global food system is a complex web of activities involving all the production, processing, transport storage and consumption and disposal of food (1)

It includes not only the basic elements of how we get our food from farm to fork, but all of the processes and infrastructure involved in feeding a population, including policy and cultural norms around food (2) 🍴🍴
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At the 50th session of @UN_CFS and @WFPChief said in video message how #hunger levels are rising globally. They've had to cut food aid rations around the world and choose to feed "the starving" instead of "the hungry".
@UN_CFS @WFPChief If rising cost of fertilisers' is not resolved in the next month or two, food production next year will be affected, warned @MaximoTorero, chief economist of @FAO. #foodsystems #CFS50 #hunger #farming #agriculture
There are a few things governments can do to improve the situation, but there are tradeoffs, say @MaximoTorero at #CFS50
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This week, people have been discussing if eating #oysters conflicts with following a plant-based diet.

Today, we’re taking a look at the definition of sentience and #veganism—and at animal species that have been proven to be more sentient than humans used to think. 👇1/14 Image
Although there is legal and scientific disagreement about #sentience, there are some standards that are broadly accepted.

According to @SentienceInst, sentience is simply the ability to have positive and negative experiences, including pain. 2/14
The concept of animal #sentience is important for ethical reasons.

If #animals are sentient beings capable of feeling pain, most humans would agree that it is morally wrong to cause unnecessary pain or suffering to them. 3/14…
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#Power: "#Food #price rises around the world are the result of a 'broken' food system that is failing the poor and concentrating #power and #profits in the hands of a few, food experts have said."… #FoodSystems #inflation
"The Guardian revealed this week that the #ABCD companies (Archer-Daniels-Midland, Bunge, Cargill and Louis Dreyfus) – which control 70-90% of the global #grain trade – have been making a record #bonanza as food prices have soared in the wake of the #Ukraine war."
"Campaigners are concerned that seeds and agricultural chemicals are similarly controlled by a handful of companies, with just three multinationals – Bayer-Monsanto, Dupont-Dow and Chem-China Syngenta – controlling 60% of the trade. "
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Thank you @GeorgeMonbiot for #regenesis. One of those rare books I could subscribe to every word! Very deep and differentiated and systems thinking: the ingredients needed to get our #FoodSystems transformed. Some favorite quotes in this thread 1/8 #regenesis by George Monbiot
"Q: 'What do you grow?' A: 'Biodiversity' The vegetables are a by-product". Tolly talks about vegetables. That concept should be default for all livestock systems. And #EcosystemServices be the reason for farming. 2/8
"Reducing food waste, while essential, is one of the many solutions [...] whose potential has been greatly exaggerated." No food should go wasted! But reducing #FoodWaste alone doesn't solve the systemic and distributional failures of our food systems. 3/8
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Key messages of the 1st component of a global assessment of the contribution of #livestock & terrestrial animal source foods (TASF) to #FoodSystems by the @fao. Honoured to have been part of the Scientific Advisory Committee that guided its development.
More info on the general setup here 👉…
Recording of the Side Event to the 28th Session of the Committee on Agriculture, discussing the report:…
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Next Steps for #VicFoodSystemsConsensus - 1. Create policy briefs for govt 2. Get State govt to take coordination responsibility. 3. Fund food policy officers in all local govt. 4. Funding for community #FoodSystems. 5. Great role for uni students in research.
6. Local govt to drive community #FoodSystems strategies through amending Public health & wellbeing Act 7. Resource local govt to do this work 8. Leverage #ClimateEmergency and #sustainability 9. Build on existing work 10. Creat a participatory democracy & communities of practice
11. Public sector healthy food procurement/ retail - changing language around #foodwaste 12. Costs of #foodwaste vs cost of procurement 13. Data metrics 14. Bringing more ppl into agriculture 15. Nutrition & #foodliteracy 16. Food culture & time to prepare healthy food
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NEW REPORT: Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems - Comparing contrasting and contested versions…

#vegan #food #farming #ukfarming #chathamhouse
Chatham House published a report yesterday looking at how farming and food systems are related and they can become more sustainable.

#plantbased #veganic #ukfarming
It compared the current status quo approach (increasing productivity while sparing land for nature and minimising the environmental impact) to an approach which emphasized nature-friendly farming and dietary and consumer demand change to reduce the amount of agricultural land.
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"We found that in total 83% of total regional species loss (4747 species) is incurred due to land use devoted for domestic consumption whereas 17% due to export production (a total of 969 species)."… #FoodSystems #BiodiversityCrisis #WorldSystem
"Fig. 1c shows that imports into the USA&China embody highest species lost. It is interesting to see that even countries with smaller populations such as Japan, Germany, South Korea,...—all cause high biodiversity loss abroad owing to their high per capita consumption and import"
".... For example, total German food consumption was estimated to result in 46 species lost, of which 43 are from imported food items."
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"The world may be facing a devastating 'hidden' #collapse in insect species due to the twin threats of #ClimateChange and habitat loss."… #ClimateCrisis #BiodiversityCrisis
"Our findings, published today in Nature, reveal that insect declines are greatest in farmland areas within tropical countries – where the combined effects of climate change and habitat loss are experienced most profoundly."
"Throughout the world, our analysis also shows that farmland in climate-stressed areas where most nearby natural habitat has been removed has lost 63% of its insects,on average,compared with as little as 7% for farmland where the nearby natural habitat has been largely preserved"
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"we’re facing the worst #food #crisis since 2008. It’s a weird time to divert more grain from the food supply to fuel #tanks. In Washington, though, it’s always time to divert grain from food to #fuel."… #FoodSystems #EnergySystems
"The amount of corn it takes to fill an #SUV with #ethanol could feed a person for a year, and the #US and #Europe could immediately replace the lost grain exports from #Ukraine’s breadbasket by cutting their #biofuel production in half."
"In fact, a bunch of studies have confirmed that biofuel mandates were a leading driver of the 2008 food crisis, driving up prices by driving up demand for grain and vegetable oil."
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Here's the story of our POLITICS OF PROTEIN report out today. A thread 🧵

For decades, governments & corporations expanded factory farming - claiming more protein was needed for #foodsecurity.

Now they're confronted with the consequences... /1
Devastating deforestation, immense land use, pollution, impacts on health, climate & animals from intensive factory farming are clear for all to see.

Thankfully momentum for change is growing. /2 ImageImage
But those same actors (and some new philanthropists & venture capital) are now pushing a number of techno-fix solutions. These are many of the same firms that already dominate sales of conventional (factory-farmed) products. /3 ImageImage
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⛔Toxic #Pesticides alert!⛔
+50 representants of org. signed an open letter demanding @EU_Commission that the #SUD reform is ambitious enough & contains strong legally binding use reduction targets, ensuring that farmers r supported in the transition
Other demands include:
- Not postponing the much-needed reform of #SUD
- Making sure that all EU food&feed safety standards r upheld
- @EU_Commission stands by its commitment 2 #F2F & Biodiversity Strategies,transitioning away from current model & its reliance on external inputs
What are we talking about?
Well, the #EUFarmtoFork and Biodiversity Strategies are two pillars of the #EUgreendeal hugely under attack from vested interest lobby groups, now cynically using Ukraine war as an excuse to postpone green policies.
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NEW SHORT FILM: How did COVID-19 affect the food system in #Tanzania?

Our research teams found out, in three market centres: the coastal city of Dar es Salaam, the tourist cross-border hub of Arusha, and Mwanza on Lake Victoria. #Africanfoodsystems

Here are the stories of market traders, truckers, fishers and farmers in #Tanzania. Even without restrictions under President #Magafuli, #Covid_19 had big effects on the people producing & selling food.

See our short film released today. @arusonews
As a woman in market said "Tanzania was not in lockdown but people locked themselves inside".

Declining domestic markets combined with border closures loss of exports and rising prices of imports disrupted the country's #FoodSystems

@esulle46 @LKissoly @EMEDO19 @EsaffHQ
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Russia's attack on #Ukraine has intensified calls for a transition away from #FossilFuels.

The war also highlights the need for #FoodSystem change. Today, we explore how #AnimalAgriculture fuels global crises by creating high levels of dependency between countries. 1/11👇
Ukraine produces large quantities of wheat, barley, rye, and #maize. Russia is the world’s top #wheat exporter.

The two countries taken together account for almost a third of the global wheat export market, @weizent reports via @CNBC. 2/11…
Maize and wheat are just two examples of crops #meat and dairy producers feed to animals.

The #livestock sector currently uses 61% of global maize and 20% of global wheat as animal fodder, according to a 2021 study about #FoodSecurity. 3/11…
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1/n 📢🧵: The @IPCC_CH launched their new report (WG2-AR6) this week, exploring the impacts of #climate risks, #adaptation & vulnerability. Here are some insights on the key takeaways for #India.🇮🇳🌏♻️
#ClimateReport #IPCC #IPCCReport
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2/n #India🇮🇳 is at risk of multiple #climaticrisks, many of which are accelerating in frequency & intensity. Rising temp.🌡️are likely to cause severe heat stress in summer, esp. in cities where temp.🌡️can be more than 2℃ warmer than the surroundings due to heat island effects. Image
3/n Extreme rainfall events are projected to lead to more frequent #flooding in settlements near vulnerable rivers & flood risks across the country will become more frequent & severe. Higher than 🌏 mean sea level rise for #Asia’s coasts exposes 🇮🇳’s large coastal population. Image
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Global #FoodSystems must be transformed to ensure human wellbeing & environmental sustainability. All food companies have to play their part.

Here's a new resource to guide companies to improve their practices & contribute to the #SDGs

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Our new Handbook for SDG-Aligned Food Companies is based on our Four Pillar Framework and its standards.

It was designed to help companies to adjust their practices to align with the SDGs.

#FoodSystems #FixingFood #FoodSupplyChains #SDGs Image
The standards in Pillar 1 look at how food companies’ products & strategies can drive more sustainable diets, healthier habits & support food security for consumers & producing communities.


#FoodSystems #FixingFood #FoodSupplyChains #SDGs Image
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If psychopaths take over, #FoodSystems would look like this: end agriculture, eat microbial glop.

"replacing agricultural primary production with electrically powered microbial primary production [.] could alleviate agriculturally driven climate change"… Image
The idea does have supporters.

Activists:… Image
Think tanks: Image
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