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Bee vaccine
January 2019: Scientists developed a vaccine for honeybees and other pollinators. This study is proof of concept that insects can be vaccinated against microbes. The vaccine could support the increase of bee resilience and could protect honeybees from diseases that are currently decimating bee populations.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / January 2019
Sustainability of organic food production
January 2019: A study using the carbon opportunity cost metric shows that organic agriculture has a higher climate footprint than conventional farming methods. The study looks at direct and indirect land-use impacts and recommends not to look at farming methods alone, but at policy changes that favour structural reforms and a holistic approach to farming.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / January 2019
Defining the sustainability of high-yield farming
November 2018: A recent Cambridge study compares high-yield farming with low-intensity farming methods and concludes that high-yield farming can be more sustainable if land use reduces and unused farmland is re-forested.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / November 2018
Impacts of non-food crop production
November 2018: Crops for feedstock and fuel often promote deforestation and land conversion. Governments expand certification schemes to support a sustainable intensification of farming practices.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / November 2018
Food systems and environmental limits
November 2018: The IPCC report highlights that a shift to a plant-based diet could reduce the environmental impact of our food systems. However, this shift requires rethinking of current systems such as food distribution.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / November 2018
Financial disclosure of meat
April 2020: Most meat companies have limited disclosure of climate-related risks and show limited progress in developing climate risk mitigation or adaptation strategies. A new analysis tool for the meat industry aims to support the financial disclosure of climate risks and opportunities for meat companies in a 2oC warming scenario.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / April 2020
Shifting India’s sugar industry from food to biofuels
August 2020: Shifting the use and production of sugar in India from food to feedstock for biofuels could decrease rising numbers of micronutrient deficiencies in India and incentivise the cultivation of more nutritious crops. It could further reduce pressure on India’s natural resources and support the decarbonisation of India’s transport sector.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / August 2020
Offshore mariculture
February 2019: Offshore mariculture is a viable and emerging alternative to land-based coastal aquaculture. It uses submersible cages in high energy off-shore environments that allow producers to raise large numbers of fish in small spaces such as in the Caribbean. However, off-shore mariculture struggles from insufficient capital investments, regulatory issues, and environmental concerns.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / February 2019
EAT-Lancet Commission
February 2019: The EAT-Lancet Commission’s report delivers scientific targets for a healthy, plant-based diet with a low amount of animal-based foods. It promotes investments into smallholder farms and systems that operate in harmony with nature. Further, the report advocates policy changes and an effective governance of ocean and land use.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / February 2019
Implications of trade deals for farming and environmental standards in the UK
March 2019: Liberalised food production and farming standards could form a key element for future trade UK-US trade relationships. A deregulated post-Brexit food market could offer consumers food at lower prices but could also negatively affect public health outcomes in the UK.
Located in Resources / Sustainability Horizons / March 2019