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2016 Global Food Security Index Released

Food Security Improves in Most Countries, EIU Report Says
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On June 9th, 2016 the Economist Intelligence Unit released its 2016 Global Food Security Index (GFSI).  The GFSI, sponsored by DuPont, is an annual benchmarking index that provides a common framework for understanding the root causes of food insecurity by examining the dynamics of food systems around the world. Through this framework, the GFSI has created a unique country-level food-security measurement tool that addresses the issues of affordability, availability and utilization in 113 countries.

The 2016 GFSI found that:

Challenges and Opportunities of The Urban Transition: A DuPont Advisory Committee Report

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According to a recent UN report, by 2050, over 60 percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas.  What food security opportunities and challenges will this present?

A recently released white paper from the DuPont Advisory Committee on Agricultural Innovation & Productivity, “The Urban Transition: Implications for Global Food Security,” explores the urban growth landscape, the opportunities and challenges of global urbanization, and the implications of urbanization on food and nutrition security.

Sodexo Teams with Atlanta Public Schools in Support of Innovative Garden Program

School children and educators learn about healthy eating from the ground up
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GAITHERSBURG, Md. May 26, 2016 — Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life Services, is participating in a school garden-based learning program through its Sodexo-Jackmont partnership with Atlanta Public Schools (APS). The District Grown Gardens Initiative expands the taste for healthy locally grown produce and knowledge about food origins while creating a community that values healthy eating.

Discovering Healthy Foods Through Garden-Based Learning

Shouldn't We Treat Farmers More Like Ministers?

Reprinted from Yardfarmers. John Lanier is Executive Director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation
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The life of a religious minister is a curious one, seemingly unique in human society. Whether a rabbi, priest, roshi, bishop, elder, imam, reverend, or any other title, these women and men around the world form an integral part of cultures and communities. But why? Their daily tasks and contributions to society are fundamentally different from bankers, baristas, factory workers and cabbies. Yet they fit in so seamlessly, often holding positions of reverence.

The Carbon in our Food

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“If food waste were a country by itself, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases behind China and the United States.”

Are you ready for a punch in the gut? Seriously, I would brace for this one. It’s going to hurt. Here we go, from page 3 of Food Foolish:

Global Demand For B.C. Farm-Raised Salmon at All Time High

EXPORTS TO CHINA MORE THAN DOUBLE PREVIOUS HIGH
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British Columbia set a new record for exports of farm-raised salmon in 2015, and are on track to set new records in 2016 as well.  The most encouraging numbers show an emerging appetite for farm-raised salmon in China, with exports from British Columbia more than doubling over the previous high in 2012.

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British Columbia set a new record for exports of farm-raised salmon in 2015, and are on track to set new records in 2016 as well.  The most encouraging numbers show an emerging appetite for farm-raised salmon in China, with exports from British Columbia more than doubling over the previous high in 2012.

Talk with Green Guy Show - Ray C. Anderson Foundation and The Ray

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The Ray C. Anderson Foundation is the Platinum Sponsor of "The Green Guy" radio talk show on WGST AM640 - Atlanta.  

Shows air weekly at 9AM Eastern, featuring voices from all aspects of sustainable life - at home, at work, at school and in the community.

Click the icon to listen to the April 24th show below, featuring John Lanier, executive director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation and Allie Kelly, executive director of The Ray. 

We Now Interrupt This Program…Focus on Food Waste

Ecocentricity Blog by John A. Lanier
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What?! You think I’m lazy!?!?!?

Okay, maybe a little bit. But really, I’m taking this week off from writing because I just happened to stumble upon a video that connected too perfectly to my last post. Remember when I said that tossing out a single strawberry wastes about a half-gallon of water? Well, the folks at savethefood.com decided to create a two-minute film showing you the full life of that wasted strawberry.

It’s Full Speed Ahead for the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge Accelerator Teams

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Reprinted from Biomimicry Institute Blog

It’s been a busy six months for the 2015 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge finalists. Last October, eight teams from around the world were chosen to be part of the first-ever biomimicry food systems accelerator. After pitching and getting feedback on their design concepts in-person during SXSW Eco in Austin, TX, these intrepid innovators began working furiously to test and prototype their nature-inspired design concepts.

Earth Week Guest Post: Our Future Flies on the Wings of Pollinators

By Laurie Davies Adams, executive director, Pollinator Partnership www.pollinator.org
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By Laurie Davies Adams, executive director, Pollinator Partnership
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