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WWF – World must solve water, food and energy equation   Leave a comment



“One of the world’s key challenges in an increasingly challenging future will be balancing the water, food and energy equation, WWF predicted at the conclusion of this year’s World Water Week in Stockholm.

“We are already exceeding the limits of the planet in many ways, but it is the availability of fresh water that will have the biggest impact on the food security and energy security of billions,” said Dr Li Lifeng, director of WWF’s global freshwater programme.

WWF was endorsing the meeting’s Stockholm Statement, this year urging nations at the forthcoming Rio +20 global summit on sustainable development to commit to “universal provisioning of safe drinking water, adequate sanitation and modern energy services by the year 2030”.

The Stockholm Statement also seeks 20 per cent by 2020 targets that include increases in crop and energy water efficiency and water recycling, and reductions in water pollution.

The Statement also calls for special attention to water, sanitation and energy needs of “the bottom billion”, noting that access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation services have now been defined as human rights.

“We all too often overlook the increasing water intensity of energy production, and the potential impacts on food production,” said Dr Lifeng. “As we eat our way up the food chain, the water intensity of many foods is also increasing in the face of depleting groundwater reserves and climate change impacts.

Solving the water, energy and food equation for the world has to be a global priority.” ”

via WWF – World must solve water, food and energy equation.

Posted September 4, 2011 by arnoneumann in Environment, Global Crisises

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The Green Sheikh on Ramadan: Waste 2 Food or Food 2 Waste? | Green Prophet   Leave a comment

Interesting info about food and waste of food around the annual Feast of Ramadan.

“Every year more than 1.6 billion people around the world celebrate the amazing holy month of Ramadan, (learn how to green your holy month) fasting from dawn to dusk, abstaining from food, drink and sexual relations. Only those who are sick, elderly or on a journey, or women who are pregnant, menstruating or nursing are permitted to break the fast and make up an equal number of days later in the year. If they are physically unable to do this, then they must feed a needy person for every day missed.

A few years ago I wrote an Arabic article called “adaat wa ibadaat” which means literally in English “habits and rituals.” It focused on our daily habits of consumption and lifestyle during the month of Ramadan, taking its main message from the noble Qur’an: “Eat and drink but waste not by excess, for God loves not the wasters”.”

via The Green Sheikh on Ramadan: Waste 2 Food or Food 2 Waste? | Green Prophet.

Posted August 1, 2011 by arnoneumann in food, Ramadan

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Agriculture: Beyond food versus fuel : Nature : Nature Publishing Group   Leave a comment

“One of the trickiest problems arising from the competition between biofuels and food production is land use. Ideally, biofuel crops would be grown on marginal land that has a low carbon stock, leaving the higher quality soil for food production, says Ian Crute, chief scientist at the Kenilworth-based Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board. But, in reality, the profitability of energy crops has caused farmers to shift production from food crops to fuel crops, creating a ripple effect, says Olivier Dubois, coordinator of the FAO’s Bioenergy Group in Rome. “Food crops still have to be produced somewhere,” he says. And that means finding additional land and converting it for agricultural use.”


via Agriculture: Beyond food versus fuel : Nature : Nature Publishing Group.

Posted June 26, 2011 by arnoneumann in agriculture

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The New Geopolitics of Food – By Lester R. Brown | Foreign Policy   Leave a comment

“Already in 2011, the U.N. Food Price Index has eclipsed its previous all-time global high; as of March it had climbed for eight consecutive months. With this year’s harvest predicted to fall short, with governments in the Middle East and Africa teetering as a result of the price spikes, and with anxious markets sustaining one shock after another, food has quickly become the hidden driver of world politics. And crises like these are going to become increasingly common. The new geopolitics of food looks a whole lot more volatile — and a whole lot more contentious — than it used to. Scarcity is the new norm.”  More on the broader global food security issue…


via The New Geopolitics of Food – By Lester R. Brown | Foreign Policy.

Posted June 3, 2011 by arnoneumann in agriculture, food

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Next stop, the food desert: Fresh produce gets on the bus | Grist   Leave a comment

If you had any question that we need creative solutions to get healthy food to people in American cities, watch this. The problem is all too real.

via Next stop, the food desert: Fresh produce gets on the bus | Grist.

Posted June 2, 2011 by arnoneumann in food, USA

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BBC News – Food prices will double by 2030, Oxfam warns   Leave a comment

” “The food system must be overhauled if we are to overcome the increasingly pressing challenges of climate change, spiralling food prices and the scarcity of land, water and energy,” said Barbara Stocking, Oxfams chief executive. ”

via BBC News – Food prices will double by 2030, Oxfam warns.

” “We are sleepwalking towards an avoidable age of crisis,” said Ms Stocking.

“One in seven people on the planet go hungry every day despite the fact that the world is capable of feeding everyone.”

It is so ironic that the problem is not necessarily the capacity to produce food but that the logistics of distribution and marketing  affect getting food to the right people at the right time for the right price.

Posted May 30, 2011 by arnoneumann in agriculture

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