Playbook for Guiding Diners Toward Plant-Rich Dishes in Food Service. World Resources Institute. Sophie Attwood et al. January 2020
Producing beef emits 20 times more greenhouse gases than common plant-based proteins, which is why shifting diets toward containing less beef, and more plants, is an important climate action. To help food service companies support diners in choosing more plant-rich meals, this playbook from WRI’s Better Buying Lab outlines the top 23 ‘behavior change’ strategies drawing on cutting edge academic research into how people choose food, as well as insights from experts in the food service industry about what works and what doesn’t.
The playbook is designed to be used by anyone working in the food service sector wishing to make changes within their operations to encourage diners to choose more sustainable, plant-rich options — including chefs, food servers, managers, sales people, marketing and communications professionals, food operators, distributors, researchers, nutritionists, dieticians, and procurement teams. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
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Achieving Abundance: Understanding the Cost of a Sustainable Water Future Data. World Resources Institute. Colin Strong et al. January 2020
Population and economic growth, as well as climate change, have pushed water crises to the top of the global agenda. Given the scale of the issues, delivering sustainable water management requires rapid mobilization of funding for water-related improvements and more effective use of existing resources. The Achieving Abundance Working Paper proposes a method whereby any decision-maker can calculate the cost required to deliver sustainable water management to a geography.
The working paper calculates the cost of action required to close the gap between current conditions and desired conditions to financially compare and prioritize different water-related challenges or different targets of Sustainable Development Goal 6. The paper also estimates the costs of delivering sustainable water management for all countries and major basins—estimated globally as US$1.04 trillion (2015$) annually from 2015 to 2030. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
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Analyse Widely, Act Deeply: Forest and Farm Producer Organisations and the Goal of Climate Resilient Landscapes. International Institute for Environment and Development. James Mayers. April 2019.
Local organisations, thriving among smallholders dependent on
adjacent forests or trees growing on their farms, constitute perhaps the
world’s biggest and most effective force for improved rural livelihoods and
sustainability. They face fast-changing pressures. Many are likely to find it
useful to have an organisational goal of contributing to climate resilient
landscapes. Various international programmes can help in understanding and
supporting such contributions – especially through practical actions for
climate adaptation and mitigation, and forest restoration. ‘Landscape
approaches’ are helpful for analysing the various connected issues, while
context-specific politically-savvy planning is needed for effective action.
This paper explores the possible motivations and actions for climate resilient
landscapes amongst four different sorts of forest and farm producer
organisations (FFPOs): indigenous peoples’ organisations, community forest
organisations, forest and farm producer groups, and processing groups in urban
and peri-urban contexts. The Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) aims to help FFPOs
to further develop and pursue such practical actions over the next five years.
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Progress Paradoxes and Sustainable Growth: Insights from the New Science of Well-being. Brookings Institution. Carol Graham. December 19, 2018
The past century is full of progress paradoxes, with unprecedented economic development, as evidenced by improvements in longevity, health, and literacy. At the same time, we face daunting challenges such as climate change, persistent poverty in poor and fragile states, and increasing income inequality and unhappiness in many of the richest countries. Remarkably, some of the most worrisome trends are in countries with rapid economic growth and falling poverty. Not surprisingly, there is much debate about the sustainability of our future. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
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With 2017 Fishing Limits, It’s Time for EU Ministers to Stop Putting Stock Recovery at Risk. Pew Charitable Trusts. Andrew Clayton. November 11, 2016.
Fisheries ministers in the European Union are still too often taking risks when setting fishing limits—with stocks, with the science, and with the law—as demonstrated by the outcome of the October Council meeting. Two more critical Council decisions on annual limits will be made before the end of 2016, so what is at stake?
The benefits of ending overfishing are clear. A recent report by Poseidon Aquatic Resource Management Ltd., a U.K.-based consultancy, highlights five case studies that show that when fishing in EU waters is brought within sustainable limits, the ecosystem, fishing businesses catching these stocks, and coastal communities all benefit. The prospect of such gains, along with the failure to fish sustainably in past decades, is what led EU decision-makers to commit in the reformed Common Fisheries Policy 2013 to ending overfishing within clear deadlines. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
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Waste Not, Want Not: Industries Innovate With Trash: With growing global population and urbanization comes more waste; governments, companies hunt for sustainable solutions. YaleGlobal. Susan Froetschel. October 11, 2016.
With urbanization and a swelling global middle class come enormous amounts of waste. Many governments and companies respond to this challenge with sustainable solutions including recycling. Organic material – food, in particular – is the largest part of household waste in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Countries are changing laws, allowing redistribution of food or flexibility on expiration dates. Other initiatives include recycled textiles as well as technologies that reuse sewage, plastic waste and industrial chemicals. The ongoing collaboration among industries, governments and multinational organizations demonstrates the power of globalization, offering hope for other initiatives to protect the environment. “The circular economy, turning trash into treasure, promises innovation and sustainability,” concludes Susan Froetschel, YaleGlobal’s managing editor. Most consumers appreciate recycling and efforts to protect the environment, but “they also expect to be treated as partners – fully informed through adequate labeling, regulatory reviews and education campaigns.” [Note: contains copyrighted material].
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Hold the Salmon, How About Scup? For Sustainable Seafood, Variety is Key. Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. Amrita Gupta. August 12, 2016.
Atlantic salmon and blue fin tuna have been overfished nearly to extinction and farmed fish come with concerns such as the overuse of antibiotics. Yet there are hundreds of delicious and sustainable fish like mullet, dogfish, and scup, species often referred to as “trash fish.” For sustainable seafood, let’s be more adventurous and try fish like scup. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
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