Sustainability and Disruption
As scientists expect drought to become more common due to global warming in coming years, this could impact everything from the price of food to the price of fuel planet-wide. As a result, for the last several years agribusiness giants like Monsanto, Pioneer and Syngenta have been pursuing genetic modification to enable the corn plant to thrive even without enough rain. And now the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is considering approving just such a new corn.
Improved food packaging can help to cut the 1.3bn tons of food produced for human consumption which is either lost or wasted each year, according to a new report from the Food and Agriculture Organisation.
Better living through using far fewer material resources is the only possible future, experts agree. Humanity is pressing up against the limits of a finite planet to provide resources like water, oil, metals and food, according to a new UN report.
At the recent World Economic Forum on Africa, Cape Town, the SA government, which oversees one of the most water stressed regions in the world, and the Water Resources Group (WRG), a public private global network on water, announced they have entered into a partnership to protect and preserve SA's water resources, reports Moneyweb.co.za.
Dutch hothouses used to have a reputation for wasting energy. But nowadays it’s the most innovative sector in the Netherlands, producing food extremely efficiently using sustainable energy. Even the Chinese are interested. China, like the Netherlands, does not have enough agricultural land to feed its own population.
Polyethylene is one of the most widely used materials in the world, and the discarded plastic bag has become one of the most potent symbols of human impact on the environment. As worries over the vast scale of waste from this plastic has grown, so has the use of purportedly 'degradable' forms of it. However, the environmentally-friendly version of polyethylene might not be so friendly after all, according to a new report in Nature.
There's a widespread myth among consumers that buying locally is good for the economy, the environment or both. Despite its charming appeal, it is neither. Worse, producers will do their best to make sure you're never any the wiser about it, writes Ivo Vegter in this excellent article from The Daily Maverick.
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