Sustainability

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"Sustainable" means behaviour that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. We cannot continue our current behaviour, because our environment cannot assimilate the products of our behaviour. Our non-renewable resources are finite. We have less than 30 harvests left in the soil;[1] we are losing soil fertility at a rate which will see its extinction in less than 30 years. Our continued expansion into greenbelt and woodland spells death for biodiversity; and the death of biodiversity means our death – we cannot live without all the creepy-crawlies etc.

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Environmental, Social, and Governance principles


Sustainable Diet

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Food Waste

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DDG Food Waste Fund

  • Dec.31.2018: Food waste chief to target 'scandal' of 250m binned UK meals. Pilot will redistribute surplus food, with aim of stopping waste going to landfill by 2030. Ben Elliot, a philanthropist and co-founder of the lifestyle group Quintessentially GroupWikipedia-W.svg, was appointed to the unpaid, voluntary role by environment secretary Michael Gove. Elliot’s first task will be to oversee the Food Waste Fund, a £15m pilot scheme which will redistribute surplus food. Helen Pidd, The Guardian.
  • Aug.21.2018: Food waste: alarming rise will see 66 tonnes thrown away every second. New analysis warns food loss is set to increase by 33% by 2030 unless urgent action is taken, when 2.1bn tonnes will either be lost or thrown away, equivalent to 66 tonnes per second, according to new analysis by the Boston Consulting Group. Global response to food waste is fragmented and inadequate, and the problem is growing at an alarming rate. Food waste and loss accounts for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the FAO. Unless urgent action is taken by govts, companies and consumers, the report warns there is little chance of meeting UN targets to halve food waste by 2030. Countries that are industrialising and have a growing population will see the largest increases. While in developing countries waste occurs during production processes, in wealthy countries waste is mostly driven by retailers and consumers, who throw away food because they have purchased too much or because it does not meet aesthetic standards. Supermarket promotions and a lack of accurate information have contributed to waste. Changes in govt regulation, which do not incentivise waste reduction, are also needed. Rebecca Ratcliffe, The Guardian.

Associated Groups

Articles

  • Dept.05.2018: Ditch the almond milk: why everything you know about sustainable eating is probably wrong. Almond milk: 80% of the world’s almonds are grown in California, where farmers are ripping up relatively biodiverse citrus groves to feed rocketing demand for almonds, creating a monoculture fed by increasingly deep water wells that threaten statewide subsidence issues. It takes a bonkers 6,098 litres to produce 1 litre of almond milk. Bioplastic is not an ethical choice. It is resource-intensive and less than 40% of bioplastic is designed to be biodegradable. Plastic bottles: weirdly designed or coloured bottles are likely to end up in landfill. Compostable plastics: plant-based, Plastics Industry#Biodegradeable PLA-plastic products need to be industrially composted in specific units that are so scarce in Britain, most compostable packaging is burned or goes to landfill. Shopping bags: a bag-for-life needs to be used 8 times before its carbon footprint is lower than an ordinary carrier bag. An organic cotton bag must be used 149 times. Keep them handy, and use them often. Tony Naylor, The Guardian.
  • Mar.29.2018: Boots: Give risky krill oil the boot. After Holland & Barrett bowed to public pressure and agreed to delist krill oil products last week, Boots is now one of the last remaining UK stockists of omega-3 supplements made from Antarctic krill. Holland & Barrett's decision created a domino effect with other UK retailers. In the past week Superdrug, Morrisons and Nature's Best have all decided to drop krill oil products that were putting the Antarctic at risk. Boots is now one of the last remaining high street brands stocking krill oil; and the last UK retailer selling an own brand krill product. Greenpeace.
  • Mar.14.2018: Licensed to krill: Greenpeace report exposes Antarctic fishing industry. A new Greenpeace investigation has exposed the environmental risks of the fast-growing krill industry in one of the most pristine parts of the Antarctic Ocean. Industrial trawling for krill is being driven by demand for products such as Omega-3 tablets, fishmeal for farmed fish and pet food. In New Zealand, there is a growing market of nutritional health supplements estimated to be worth $255m. Krill oil has been identified as a "growth star" by the NZ seafood industry. For five years Greenpeace has been tracking the movements of krill trawlers... Greenpeace.

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