the food system
- Around 40% of all food produced around the world is wasted in one form or another.
- Animal agriculture is responsible for 90% of deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest.
- For every pound of fish caught using industrial- sized nets, five pounds of “bycatch” is caught as well (think dolphins, sharks, turtles, etc).
- if all of the crop production currently allocated to animal feed were directly consumed by humans, food availability (measured in calories) would increase by 49%.
- If cows were a country, they’d be the 3rd largest emitter of greenhouse gases (behind China/USA)
- Without meat and dairy consumption, global farmland use could be reduced by more than 75% – an area equivalent to the U.S., China, the European Union and Australia combined – and still feed the world.
In spite of all this, many of the worlds leaders are not taking this seriously enough. So investors need to step up and lead the charge.
- Eat less meat: Food is one of the easiest ways we can have a direct impact on climate change. Whether it’s eating less meat, reducing waste, or eating organic, there’s a lot we can do when we sit down to eat everyday. This app from Happy Cow can make it easier to find restaurants and stores nearby. For home-cooked meals, check out Beyonce’s meal-planner.
- Make easy adjustments: For example, when you feel like eating fish, go for bivalves (oysters, mussels, etc) instead of large fish like Salmon and Tuna. This can go a long way in helping our oceans rebuild. It’s also much better for our bodies and the climate. This tool from Seafood Watch is a great way to ensure all your seafood purchases are a sustainable as possible.
- Labels: they can be confusing and downright overwhelming at times. So stick to the one’s that matter: local, organic, regenerative organic certified (ROC), fair-trade, non-gmo, etc. Terms like “natural” or “sustainable” don’t mean much, so don’t get misled by them. This tool from EWG can help you make better decisions without the hassle.
- Reduce your waste: this is more about being mindful with portion sizes and how much you order from the grocery store. This tool from Amazon is pretty cool. This is a great list of different apps you can use to limit your waste too.
- The Good Food Institute: accelerating innovation through food to help solve climate change and other issues stemming from our food system.
- Kiss The Ground: supports farmers, ranchers, and land stewards from around the globe in their transition to Regenerative practices that heal the soil, revive ecosystems, increase farmer wellbeing, and help balance the climate.
- ProVeg: a leading international food awareness organization working across four continents.
- Transfarmation: helping farmers switch from raising animals to growing plants.
- Rodale Institute: growing the regenerative organic movement through research, training, & education.
- For more candidates, check out this list