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]

SDG Knowledge Weekly: Food Systems and Nutrition

This brief reviews recent reports and discussions on food systems and nutrition, which exemplify linkages among seemingly disparate pieces of the 2030 Agenda. The publications underline the importance of ensuring that the SDGs bring about a more sustainable global food system without detracting from other goals or targets. [Read full article]

Piecing Together the Food System Puzzle

Carl Obst is an economic statistician with over 20 years of experience building on a long career with the Australian Bureau of Statistics. He is a chapter author of the new reportfrom The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Agriculture and Food (TEEBAgriFood). This report evaluates the world’s global agriculture and food systems while considering a range of social, human, and environmental dimensions across the value chain. [Read full article]

Report: Food “system” needs to be managed as a system if we want to see change

Everybody talks about a “global food system,” but one of the biggest problems with that system is that it has never been managed as a system. We measure the success of a crop based on production per acre and we measure the cost of a tomato based on the price we pay at the grocery store. But what about all the other costs wrapped up in agriculture: the impact on biodiversity, the negative results of pesticide use, the treatment of workers, the impact of food waste. [Read full article]

TEEBAgriFood, a Cure for Blindness

As I write, final touches are being made to the highly anticipated TEEBAgriFood report. It has been my honor and joy to serve on the Steering Committee overseeing this initiative supported by the United Nations Environment Programme and the Global Alliance for the Future of Food.  Perhaps you have heard of our work? In 2015, coincident with COP21 in Paris, a few of us presented an interim report at the Global Landscape Forum where 3,000+ people gathered to think about food, agriculture and forestry. About a year later, Nature published an article about our work, Fix Food Metrics, authored by my colleagues Pavan Sukhdev, Peter May, and Alexander Muller. Given the very public nature of these two events, the fact that we have been hard at work should not be surprising. Yet I do hope the forthcoming opus surprises and delights in its attention to detail and its challenge to think about the hidden costs of our food. [Read full article]

New Report Provides Platform to Fix Broken Food Systems

Ruth Richardson is the Executive Director of the Global Alliance for the Future of Foodand an expert in global agriculture and food systems. She is on the Steering Committee 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]

Improving the Food System One Dollar at a Time

Dr. Peter May is a resource economist and full professor at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, who founded the Brazilian Society for Ecological Economics-ECOECO. He is a Steering Committee member and chapter author of the 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]