Food and sustainability

The future of agriculture lies in technology and precision

Using targeted approaches and the latest technology, precision agriculture is rapidly growing with the aim of offering benefits in terms of productivity and environmental protection. 

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Food and sustainability

The Food Sustainability Index: find food that’s truly “good”

An index resulting from the international collaboration between BCFN and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to help policy makers, civil society, the private sector and everyday citizens make informed decisions and spread sustainable ‘best practices’ for food, safeguarding our health and the environment.
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Food and sustainability

Food sustainability and geopolitics

Food security has become an increasingly prominent issue in recent years. The market for food has become tighter as the population of the world continues to grow and rising incomes across much of the developing world are changing diets, particularly in terms of an increase in meat consumption. Higher use of biofuels, and lower agricultural productivity, are further contributing to a food supply squeeze. These factors create a potentially volatile mix. 

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Food and sustainability

Australia’s food bowels

Australia has a reputation for good weather, healthy lifestyles, fresh food and a high quality of living. Not least in its biggest cities, Sydney and Melbourne. However, growing urban sprawl around both cities, and associated high rents for agricultural land, are putting increased pressure on local farmers  . If left unchecked, this process could have negative implications for the quality of life of the cities’ inhabitants.

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Food and society

Junk food strikes rich as well as poor

The paradox of the Gulf States is revealed in data collected and analysed by the Food Sustainability Index: in these nations awash with wealth there still exists qualitative malnutrition. Junk food consumption is prevalent, diabetes is a common mortality risk and these factors place a significant strain on local health systems.

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Food and sustainability

Unmasking hidden hunger in the developed world

The word hunger generally calls to mind starving children in developing countries. Unfortunately, this type of hunger is still very much a reality. However, malnutrition is much more complex. Many children who consume enough food, and even obese and overweight children, may be malnourished because they consume the wrong kind of foods—those that lack the essential vitamins and minerals required for growth and development. This “hidden hunger” can lead to irrevocable damage to the child and adversely affect communities and the economies of entire nations.

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Food and sustainability

One bite-sized solution to our biggest health threats

As a global community, we face significant challenges. Year on year, temperatures spike, surpassing previous records, with devastating effects on ecosystems and human health worldwide. Almost 800m people continue to end each day hungry or short of food, but a staggering 1.9bn of us are now overweight or obese.

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Food and sustainability

Food Sustainability Index, a full spectrum mark of sustainability

Do we really need a food sustainability index? The answer is very much “yes”, especially if we want to properly tackle the problems in the food system and provide a useful tool for bringing about change.
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Food and sustainability

Africa’s priority: invest in agriculture to improve food sustainability

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has begun to roll out its latest major initiative, “Feed Africa”, the objective of which is straightforward: to end hunger on the continent by 2025.1 It intends to do this by deploying the simple logic that “investing in agriculture is the best way to end hunger”.

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Food and sustainability

The importance of education in preventing food waste

In the agri-food system, many different components contribute to farmed products being wasted. But in wealthy nations, the main responsibility for these losses falls at the end of the food chain: in shops, canteens and homes.
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Food and sustainability

Cop22: from words to actions

Two weeks of spotlights on climate change in Marrakech, Morocco, where representatives from different nations worked towards the common goal of saving the planet from global warming.
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Food and society

The Food Sustainability Index presented at the European Parliament in Brussels

The BCFN Foundation presented the Food Sustainability Index results to the EU Commission and EU Parliament in Brussels, to discuss how pursuing a sustainable food system fits the present and the future political agenda.
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Food and society

BCFN Forum 2016: eat better, eat less, food for all

A string of discussions, scientific data and innovative ideas. All this and much more at the 7th BCFN Forum on Food and Nutrition held in Milan on the 1st December.
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Food and sustainability

Successes and Challenges in Global Food Systems

On November 16, 2016 the Food Tank, in partnership with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and University of Chicago Booth School of Business, held the 1st annual Chicago Food Tank Summit. With two previous 2016 Summits in Sacramento, California and Washington, D.C., the Chicago Summit was the third in a series of events bringing together leaders of change and sustainability in food systems to highlight challenges and innovative solutions on environmental, social, and economic issues in global food systems.
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