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Will COVID-19 change our food system for good? Increased coronavirus outbreaks in food markets, food plants, and farmworker communities have impacted food access and put a spotlight on food insecurity. Farmers are hurting as supply chains for fresh, perishable foods shrivel. Meanwhile, food banks have seen a surge in demand that has required distribution support from the National Guard.
What does COVID-19 mean for agriculture, our food supply systems — and our diets? Join us for a conversation with Lisa Held, senior reporter at Civil Eats and Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, on feeding a nation under quarantine.
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In July 2020, The Pew Charitable Trusts and SYSTEMIQ released Breaking the Plastic Wave: A Comprehensive Assessment of Pathways Towards Stopping Ocean Plastic Pollution, one of the most analytically robust studies ever produced on ocean plastics. Thought partners were the University of Oxford, University of Leeds, Common Seas, and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
Breaking the Plastic Wave shows that by 2040, if we fail to act, the volume of plastic on the market will double, the annual volume of plastic entering the ocean will almost triple, and ocean plastic stocks will quadruple. This is in line with The Ellen MacArthur Foundation's 2016 analysis, which revealed that in 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in the ocean.
The study also confirms that a circular economy for plastic is the only way to address plastic waste and pollution at the source. This is a vision that already unites 850+ organisations through the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment and the Plastics Pact network.
Find out more here. at https://plastics.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/breaking-the-plastic-wave-perspective
A sustainable cattle ranching program in Colombia's Orinoquía region is supporting silvopastoral methods that bring together trees, forage plants and livestock to help farmers adapt to the challenges of a changing climate.
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How can we stop the problem of plastic pollution? Recycling? Bioplastics? Compostable straws? No. We need to go to the root of the problem, and cut off the production of new plastic. That's the only way.
Distributing heavy bottles of wine around the world using diesel makes up 40-45% of the wine industry's greenhouse gas emissions, says Napa winemaker Dan Petroski.
Cigarette filters are the “last acceptable form of littering,” but there are solutions that can help our health and planet.
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Cigarette filters are made of a plastic called cellulose acetate. When tossed into the environment, they dump not only plastic, but also the nicotine, heavy metals, and many other chemicals they’ve absorbed into waterways, and eventually oceans. But, there are solutions that can help our health and our planet.
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What's the World's Most Littered Plastic Item? Cigarette Butts | National Geographic
"It's a deep irony that the people growing our food face some of the biggest risks related to climate change," explains Civil Eats author Twilight Greenaway, describing the threats farm workers face from extreme heat, soil-borne illness, and more.
Terranova Ranch General Manager and farmer, Don Cameron defends the practice of growing almonds and other crops despite the amount of water it takes to grow them.
From IEN's Food Sovereignty and Safety Campaign
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