The future of agriculture and food: Evaluating the holistic costs and benefits

Inadequacies of the current agriculture and food systems are recognised globally in the form of damages to environment and human health. In addition, the prevailing economic and policy systems do not reflect these damages in its accounting systems and standards. These shortcomings lead to perverse and pervasive outcomes for society at large. Our proposal is to consider all social and environmental externalities – both negative and positive, in global agriculture and food systems and reflect them in an economic system by evaluating comprehensive costs and benefits. This can be done by adopting an innovative, universal, and inclusive framework (the ‘TEEBAgriFood’ framework) in order to stimulate appropriate policy responses.

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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]