UN ENVIRONMENT’S TEEBAGRIFOOD – THE ECONOMICS OF ECOSYSTEMS AND BIODIVERSITY FOR AGRICULTURE AND FOOD INITIATIVE UN Environment’s TEEBAgriFood – The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Agriculture and Food Initiative

TEEBAgriFood presents a path-breaking, globally applicable food systems evaluation framework, which for the first time presents all wider benefits and costs associated with all relevant dimensions (environmental, health, social, cultural) of the eco-agri-food value chain in one single report. By evaluating the significant external costs and benefits inherent in different food systems, and making these costs transparent, decision-makers on farms, and in governments, institutions and businesses can make better-informed decisions that take into account the impacts of the available choices. This holistic approach of ‘true cost accounting’ allows the recognition, valuing and managing of the positive and negative externalities of all human behaviour and will lead to more agroecological and equitable food systems. For its comprehensive approach providing opportunities to contribute to the majority of the SDGs and offering an effective system of ‘true cost accounting’, and its respect for the Future Just Lawmaking Principles and Elements of Agroecology, TEEBAgriFood was recognized with the Future Policy Vision Award 2018, awarded by the World Future Council in partnership with FAO and IFOAM – Organics International. [https://www.futurepolicy.org/healthy-ecosystems/un-environment-teebagrifood/]

Fixing Food Metrics – a call for nexus thinking and the application of the TEEBAgriFood Evaluation Framework

Our food systems are incredibly complex, diverse and interlinked by trade, climate and a host of other factors that respect no national (or indeed ecological) borders. Today’s food systems range from local to global, from subsistence agriculture to highly mechanized, vertically and horizontally-integrated commercial operations which can dictate terms to national governments. [Read full article]

Creating a Common Language to Solve Hidden Costs of Food System

Dr. Jes Weigelt is the Head of Programmes at the TMG Think Tank. Weigelt is also a chapter author for the new report from The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Agriculture and Food (TEEBAgriFood). The report evaluates the world’s agriculture and food systems while considering a range of social, human, and environmental dimensions across the value chain. [Read full interview]

Vote With Your Wallet and Change the Food System

Dr. Gunars Platais is a Senior Environmental Economist at the World Bank where he works to integrate environmental concerns into the policies of countries in Latin America, Africa, and Europe. He is a chapter author for the new report from The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Agriculture and Food (TEEBAgriFood). The report evaluates the world’s agriculture and food systems while considering a range of social, human, and environmental dimensions across the value chain. [Read full interview]

Volver a las raíces

El aire refrescante de la mañana, el sol en el horizonte elevándose, pasos solitarios entre hileras de cultivos. Lo único que se escucha es el rumor de unas zapatillas que rozan la tierra. De pronto, el agricultor se frena cuando observa un tomate rebosante, rojo, enorme. Se pone en cuclillas, lo agarra y siente la satisfacción de la labor bien realizada. Para eso contó con una aliada que es cada vez más protagonista en este rubro: la agroecología, con un concepto mucho más amplio que la agricultura ecológica u orgánica. [Leer el artículo completo]

Sustainable Food Systems Needed for Food Security

Dr. Walter Pengue is an agricultural engineer specializing in improving plant genetics ecological economics, and agroecology. He is on the Steering Committee for and is a chapter author of the new report from The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Agriculture and Food (TEEBAgriFood). This report evaluates the world’s agriculture and food systems while considering a range of social, human, and environmental dimensions across the value chain. [Read full article]

New Report Which Merges Community and Expert Knowledge Could Revolutionize Food Industry

Dr. Michael Hamm is a human nutritionist, interested in community food security and sustainable food systems. He is the Michigan State University (MSU) C.S. Mott Professor of Sustainable Agriculture and founding director of the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems. Hamm is a chapter author of the new report from The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Agriculture and Food (TEEBAgriFood). This report evaluates the world’s agriculture and food systems while considering a range of social, human, and environmental dimensions across the value chain. [Read full article]

Dishonest Pricing Schemes Perpetuate Harmful Farming Systems

Patrick Holden is a biodynamic agriculturalist serving as the founding director of the Sustainable Food Trust. He is a member of the Steering Committee for the new, groundbreaking Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Agriculture and Food (TEEBAgriFood) report on how to evaluate agriculture and food systems while considering a range of social, human, and environmental dimensions across the value chain. [Read full interview]