San Francisco Sustainable Foods Summit


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See Nourishing the Planet's latest powerpoint presentation at the recent Sustainable Foods Summit in San Francisco, CA. Project director Danielle Nierenberg discussed four ways that agriculture is contributing to sustainability and mitigating climate change - reducing food waste, increased involvement of youth, carbon sequestration, and urban agriculture.

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San Francisco Sustainable Foods Summit

  1. 1. Agriculture, the Solution Danielle NierenbergWorldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet Project Twitter: @NourishPlanet
  2. 2. Agriculture Is the Solution4 Innovations MakingAgriculture More Sustainable: • Reducing Food Waste • Involving Youth in Agriculture • Urban Agriculture • Sequestering Carbon in Soils (Photo Credit: Julie Carney / Gardens for Health International)
  3. 3. Innovation 1: Cutting Food Waste• On average, 25 to 50percent of a harvest iswasted• The global populationreached 7 billion in October2011, making it moreimportant than ever to findways to make better use of (Photo Credit: Randy Olson / National Geographic)what we already produce
  4. 4. Cutting Food Waste: Waste in the Food Chain• Millions of tons of food iswasted because ofnegligence, especially inindustrialized countries•In the developing world, 40percent of food losses occurafter harvest – while food isbeing stored ortransported, and duringprocessing and packaging (Graphic Credit: Worldwatch Institute, State of the World 2011, p. 107)
  5. 5. Cutting Food Waste: Solar-Powered Dryers• Solar-powered dryers areworking to preservemango and papayaharvests around the world• In Bolivia, collapsible A-frame dryers are allowingfarmers to dry and storecrops year-round (Photo Credit:
  6. 6. Cutting Food Waste: Hermetic Sealing• Hermetically sealed bagsprotect crops frommoisture, insects, andfungus• Researchers at PurdueUniversity have developedinexpensive hermetic bagsthat are being used toprotect cowpea harvests in (Photo Credit: Purdue University)Western Africa
  7. 7. Cutting Food Waste: Consumer Education• Love Food, Hate Waste isbased in the United Kingdom• The organization has helpeddivert 670,000 tons of foodfrom landfills• This has saved consumersover $970 million over the lastdecade (Graphic Credit: Love Food, Hate Waste)
  8. 8. Innovation 2: Reaching the Young• The International LaborOrganization reports that youthunemployment around theworld rose by 4.5 millionbetween 2008 and 2009• Young people need to knowthat agriculture can beintellectually stimulating andprofitable (Photo Credit: Bernard Pollack)
  9. 9. Reaching the Young:Developing Innovations in School Cultivation• Developing Innovations inSchool Cultivation is reigniting aninterest – and a taste for –indigenous vegetables in Uganda• The project introduces students (Graphic Credit: Slow Food International)to organic farming techniquesand shows them how to makeagriculture into career (Photo Credit: Project DISC)
  10. 10. Innovation 3: Urban Agriculture• An estimated 14 million Africansmove to cities each year• By 2020, 35-40 million Africansliving in cities will depend on urbanagriculture to meet their foodrequirements•By 2050, 65 percent of the world’s (Photo Credit: Bernard Pollack)population will live in cities.
  11. 11. Urban Agriculture and the Poor• The pooresturban householdspractice urbanagriculture at highrates (Graphic Credit: Worldwatch Institute, State of the World 2011, p. 112)
  12. 12. Urban Agriculture in Columbia•Bogota is the capital ofColumbia, and home to over 7 millionpeople, 20 percent of whom live inpoverty.•The Cities Farming for the Future(CFF) Bogota program, run by theResource Centres on UrbanAgriculture and Food Security Photo credits: Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security(RUAF), is spreading an innovativegarden design that works on hardground, such as rooftops and patios.•It is also helping to combine foodsecurity and scientific research bypartnering with the Botanical Gardenof Bogota.
  13. 13. Urban Agriculture: Kibera (Nairobi, Kenya) (Photo Credits: Bernard Pollack)
  14. 14. Innovation 4: Carbon Storing• 50 billion tons ofcarbon can besequestered overthe next 50 years (Photo Credit: Bernard Pollack)
  15. 15. Farm or Forest? (Photo Credit: World Agroforestry Centre) (It’s Both!)
  16. 16. Moving Forward• It’s time for agricultureto become a solution forglobal problems• Done right, farming canstrengthencommunities, nourishfamilies, and protect theearth (Photo Credit: Raïsa Mirza)
  17. 17. Danielle NierenbergWorldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet Project Twitter: @NourishPlanet