Dr. Wei Zhang is an economist, focusing on ecosystem services, agriculture, and the environment. She is the coordinating lead author of Chapter 2, titled “Systems thinking: an approach for understanding eco-agri-food systems,” of a new, ground-breaking reportfrom the Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity for Agriculture and Food (TEEB AgriFood). This report, launching on June 5 on World Environment Day, addresses how to evaluate our agriculture and food systems while considering a range of social, human, and environmental dimensions across the value chain. [Read full article]
It takes water to grow a crop. It takes a city to provide water. It takes investors in the city to buy a crop. It takes consumers to purchase a product made from a crop. It takes employment, equipment, energy and resources in order to plant a crop. This, in essence, is our ecosystem. [Read full article]
The environmental costs of agriculture have limited the ecosystem services on which we depend, including agricultural production as well as access to clean water, protection from natural disasters, and fertile soils. To ensure the sustainability of development, it is essential to account for the “invisible” costs (externalities) of agriculture in decision making. [Read full article]
Supported by a range of subsidies and other government policies, cheap food has been linked to environmental, health and social problems. But incorporating these costs into food prices is an extremely complex issue. The Agenda welcomes Ruth Richardson and Alexander Muller, two thought leaders working toward global policy changes, to discuss how to reconfigure the food system. [Read full article]
What Is The True Value of Food? Watch this fantastic discussion from the Food Tank Summit held on April 1st at Tufts University. The conversation is moderated Tamar Haspel, Columnist, The Washington Post. Participants included: Lauren Baker, Strategic Initiatives and Programs, Global Alliance for the Future of Food; Tim Wise, Land and Food Rights Program Director, Small Planet Institute; and Senior Research Fellow, Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University; Jess Fanzo, Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Ethics and Global Food & Agriculture, Johns Hopkins University; Oliver Gottfried, Senior Campaign Strategist, Oxfam America; Nichole Cirillo, Mission Director, Stonyfield
Conventional agricultural practices can adversely impact biodiversity and ecosystem health, according to a recent report published in Solutions. In fact, both corporations and eaters rarely pay for the true cost of food on the environment, public health, and social welfare and equity. But The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), an initiative hosted by the UN Environment, focuses on “making nature’s values visible.” Based in Geneva, Switzerland, the TEEB office valuates biodiversity and ecosystem services in economic terms and suggests how to implement those values in business and government. [Read full article]
For sustainable, equitable nutrition we must count the true global costs and benefits of food production, urge Pavan Sukhdev, Peter May and Alexander Müller. [Read full article]
“Uncommon Collaborations—Finding Solutions by Building Partnerships” panel at the 2016 Food Tank Summit in Washington, D.C. on April 20th at American University’s Greenberg Theatre.
The panel featured keynote speaker Jeff Dunn, President, Campbell Fresh Division, Campbell Soup Company; moderator April Fulton, National Geographic; and panelists Jason Clay, Senior Vice President, Markets; Executive Director, Markets Institute, WWF; William Burke, Research Scholar, Center on Food Security and the Environment, Stanford University; Amanda Oborne, Vice President of Food & Farms, Ecotrust; Pam Fessenden, Director, Office of Market and Partnership Innovations, Bureau for Food Security, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); Diane Hatz, Founder and Executive Director, Change Food; and Alexander Müller, Study Leader and Steering Committee Chair, TEEBAgFood.