Anke Brons is a PhD Candidate in environmental sociology at Aeres University of Applied Sciences, Almere and Wageningen University. Her research focuses on inclusive healthy and sustainable food systems in a Western urban context. She holds an MSc degree in International Development Studies from Wageningen University. You can find her on Twitter.
In this blog post, Christian Reynolds (Knowledge Exchange Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield) discusses "Hacknights" for exploring diet and climate data, run by the Greenhouse Gas and Dietary Choices Open source Toolkit project. This blog post has been published in collaboration with the UK Data Service - read the corresponding post on the Data Impact Blog here.
Riana Topan is a campaign manager with Humane Society International/Canada, which together with its affiliates is the largest animal protection organisation in the world. She works to protect farm animals by advocating for higher-welfare policies and regulations, and supports institutions in offering plant-based food options that are better for the animals, the environment, and human health. You can reach her here.
This article is written by James Hand, co-founder of Giki Social Enterprise. Before founding Giki in 2017, James spent 20 years in Asset Management, most recently as Co-CIO at Investec with experience in big data, behavioural finance, company research and ESG (environmental, social and governance) investing.
This blog post is by Dr Johanna Jacobi, Senior Research Scientist in the Sustainability Governance Cluster at the University of Bern’s Centre for Development and Environment. Johanna Jacobi is a geographer and biologist who has been living and working in Bolivia for six years. She currently implements research in two projects, one about 'food sustainability' (the topic of this blog), and one about 'high-quality coffee and coffee cherry value chains in the origin countries Colombia and Bolivia'. She is interested in agroecology as a science, a set of practices and a social movement and is also a member of SOCLA (Latin American Scientific Society of Agroecology). One key topic in her research activities has been agroforestry and its role in food security and the resilience of farming systems.
Food systems contribute at least 25% of human-made greenhouse gas emissions (1), are responsible for 70% of water consumption (2), are key drivers of terrestrial and marine biodiversity loss (3, 4), and yet about a third of the food that we produce is never actually eaten (5). Added to that, under a business as usual scenario, food demand is projected to increase globally by a further 50% before 2050 (6), we are experiencing the dual nutritional challenges of over- and under-nutrition, and we have a food industry dominated by a small number of stakeholders who, to a large extent, feed the world.
This post is written by Hannah van Zanten, assistant professor at Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands. Her post is based on the paper ‘Defining a land boundary for sustainable animal consumption,’ which was published in Global Change Biology in May 2018.