According to hundreds of thousands of scientists, research bodies, and global indicators, our climate is changing at a rapid rate. It is something that many of us have a hard time seeing in our day-to-day lives. Something that many of us chalk up to a freak event, a strange spring, or just a result of essential development.
However, many of the negative impacts that we see are at least partially the result of climatic changes. Wildfire season may be normal, but the size and scale of the fires are influenced in part by a hotter climate. Likewise, it may be normal to have the occasional wet spring but some of those torrential downpours were fueled by more water evaporating off the ocean.
The land and environmental impacts are not the only tolls of climate change though. The individual health of people is also altered by the climatic conditions we live in. And not all people are subject to the same living conditions, meaning that certain populations are most certainly going to be more negatively impacted by climate change than others.
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The world’s “insatiable greed” and mounting demand for food have significantly damaged and degraded land on Earth, risking USD$44tn worth of natural resources.
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Sustainable Agriculture became a recurrent topic among rural producers and businessmen involved in the agri-food trade. For the National Research Council (CNR), sustainable agriculture is not just a set of practices, but rather a goal to get a food production system. The goals are:
- Increase the productivity of natural resources and agricultural system, enabling the producers to meet the levels of demand created by population growth and economic development
- Produce healthy, whole, nutritious foods, that satisfy human and earth well-being
- Provide farmers with a sufficient net income to get a fair standard of living and a profit to invest in their land
- Increase the productivity of soil, water and other resources.
For a long time, there’s been a misinterpretation of the concept of “sustainability” in agriculture, mainly influenced by political and personal ideologies of its main proponents; thinking of sustainable farming as synonymous with “ecology” is a simplistic view of something broader and complex.
Therefore, to understand sustainable agriculture, and how to realize it, we will explain the concept of sustainability and its relationship with the agri-business.
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Surely you may have read or heard something about sustainable livestock farming; its most common meaning is applied to the environmental context, where production processes are based on techniques and technologies with the least possible impact for the earth.
It is a much-discussed topic in our society, because it becomes a criterion for consumers’ choice in animal protein decision-making.
However, now let’s step back for a moment to understand the different spheres that the concept of sustainability touches.
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Gastronomy is sometimes called the art of food. It can also refer to a style of cooking from a particular region. In other words, gastronomy often refers to local food and cuisine. Sustainability is the idea that something (e.g. agriculture, fishing or even preparation of food) is done in a way that is not wasteful of our natural resources and can be continued into the future without being detrimental to our environment or health.
Sustainable gastronomy, therefore, means cuisine that takes into account where the ingredients are from, how the food is grown and how it gets to our markets and eventually to our plates.
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