David Roberts’ review of what’s in the Green New Deal

The resolution consists of a preamble, five goals, 14 projects, and 15 requirements. The preamble establishes that there are two crises, a climate crisis and an economic crisis of wage stagnation and growing inequality, and that the GND can address both. The goals — achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, creating jobs, providing for a just transition, securing clean air and …

How climate change, obesity, and malnutrition are related. Want to fix obesity and climate change at the same time? Make Big Food companies pay: A new report says food companies are pursuing profit at the expense of public and environmental health

A new report, published Sunday in the Lancet, implores us to think about the possibility of big, systemic fixes for these interrelated scourges. Overnutrition, undernutrition, and global warming share common causes: powerful commercial interests that promote overconsumption, “policy inertia,” and weak governance, according to the report, led by the University of Auckland in New Zealand, George Washington University in the US, and …

Community lending + creating business models driven by social purpose, not single pocketbook priorities

Hidden in Plain Sight: Across the country, Americans in all walks of life are creating companies with business models driven by social purpose, not just their own pocketbook priorities. Frances Moore Lappé, Common Dreams, January 19, 2019 Cooperative Home Care Associates (CHCA) honored by NYC Dominican Parade Association and CHCA workers march in the parade on August 14, 2016. In our capitalist …

Ending hunger, increasing health, farmer and citizen well-being was so easy…

Frances Moore Lappé posted Jan 29, 2019 “To search for solutions to hunger means to act within the principle that the status of a citizen surpasses that of a mere consumer.” CITY OF BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL This article from the YES! Media archives was originally published in the Spring 2009 issue of YES! Magazine. In writing Diet for a Small Planet, I …

Industrial Agriculture, an Extraction Industry Like Fossil Fuels, a Growing Driver of Climate Change

Industrial farming encourages practices that degrade the soil and increase emissions, while leaving farmers more vulnerable to damage as the planet warms. By Georgina Gustin, January 25, 2019 On his farm in southwestern Iowa, Seth Watkins plants several different crops and raises cattle. He controls erosion and water pollution by leaving some land permanently covered in native grass. He grazes …

Just how much more land, water, air and climate saving are Impossible Burgers?

Brown’s vision for Impossible Foods is so much grander than simply making a meat substitute. In the company’s Sustainability Report from 2017 they write: “Americans consume about 10 billion pounds of ground beef per year. The average American eats three hamburgers every week— nearly 50 billion burgers per year and about half of this is consumed in restaurants. In order to supply …

Food waste is so rampant in the US that an estimated 40 percent of the entire country’s food never makes it to the plate.

Oct. 15, 2018 Should We Just Ban ‘Best By’ Labels on Food?  By Dan Nosowitz, initially posted in Modern Farmer. Tesco, one of the UK’s biggest supermarket chains, announced this week that it will remove “best by” date labels from 116 fruit and vegetable items. The move builds on a smaller reduction in the label earlier this year. So why are those labels bad? …

We’re in a new age of obesity. How did it happen? You’d be surprised. It’s not that we’re eating more, that we exercise less, or that we lack willpower.

By George Monbiot in the Guardian.  The shaming of overweight people has to stop Wed 15 Aug   Illustration by Nicola Jennings When I saw the photograph I could scarcely believe it was the same country. A picture of Brighton beach in 1976, featured in the Guardian a few weeks ago, appeared to show an alien race. Almost everyone was slim. I mentioned it on social media, …