October 18, 2019


Feeding the 9 Billion in Year 2050 Is A Great Challenge for Society

The United Nations Population Prospects 2019 tells us that there will be nine billion souls to feed on this Good Earth by year 2050 (up from seven billion-plus of us today). The greatest growth will be in Asian nations (such as India, China) and on the African continent. 

There will be 4.7 billion people to feed in Asia and 4.3 billion in the nations of Africa. Latin America, North America and Europe combined will total but 1.8 billion. The 47 least-developed nations of the world are the fastest-growing (population) and the need to feed the world’s population bumps into the challenges as we work to reduce and eradicate poverty, promote more diversity, address the climate change crisis, improve healthcare and education, and find the money and political will to do all of this.

The numerous challenges implied in these projections include finding the available farmland & ranchland to grow the food that will be needed by the 9 billion; to do this even as cities expand and farmland shrinks as a result; to assure that the farmers, especially in less developed countries, are able to survive economically; to replace today’s farmers as the population of such workers ages; to increase protein sources as the middle classes continue to rise in many countries in Asia and Africa in rising the economies of local nations…and more!

Oh, and agriculture is a major factor in climate change with its carbon emissions, as well of use of (and often) degradation of ever-more land for growing crops.  Today’s example is burning the old growth Amazon forests (the “lungs of the Earth”) to make room for cattle ranches (more protein!) and palm oil plantations.

There have been encouraging developments related to farming -- some welcomed and some controversial.  Hydro-farming and rooftop farming in urban areas are considered a plus; advances in genetically-modified crops are both welcomed and condemned, depending on your geography or business interests or public policy point-of-view.  Fake meat is cheered in some quarters, condemned in others, even as leading meat companies and purveyors explore the breakthroughs to consider both risks and opportunities. 

The National Geographic Society has offered up a five-step plan to feed the world. Step One is to freeze agriculture’s footprint (ag is one of the major contributors to GhGs); Two, grow more on today’s farms; Three, use our resources more efficiently; Four, shift diets (meat in focus); Five, reduce waste.  NatGeo experts say these five steps could help to double the world’s food supplies while cutting the environmental impact of agriculture.  Click here to read more.

This issue we’ve aggregated food & agriculture-related content for your reading.  The three Top Stories are of interest, we think you’ll agree. 


Top Stories

The future of food is mobile, plant-based, and sustainable, experts say
Source: Geek Wire 

Farming Ain’t For Sissies, & Sustainable Farming Is Especially Tough
Source: Clean Technica 

How sustainable is tuna? New global catch database exposes dangerous fishing trends
Source: Science Daily 

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‘A clever, smart brand should say ‘Sustainability is our Responsibility’
Source: Beverage Daily 

There’s a Huge, Angry Backlash Against Fake Meat
Source: Futurism 

Sea Change: How to Spark Sustainable Innovation in an Old-School Industry
Source: Sustainable Brands

Food Sustainability Tips For Businesses From A Company That Overhauled Its Practices
Source: Forbes 

National Chicken Council Unveils New Sustainability Resources
Source: Southeast Ag Net 

How To Make Your Morning Coffee Ritual More Sustainable
Source: Forbes 

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Sustainability Standards Setters & Policy Makers

RMI and GRI Launch Toolkit Encouraging Supply Chain Disclosures for ‘Conflict Minerals’
Source: Responsible Business

U.S. Companies Top Sustainability Rankings
Source: CleanLink 

RJC Partners with UN Global Compact on Sustainable Development Goals
Source: Idex Online 

ISO Standards Takes Business Collaboration to Another Level 
Source: ISO9

Sustainability Matters

A Natural Progression: From ‘Sustainability Reporting’ To ESG
Source: Triple Pundit 

The 3 Key Drivers Impacting Megatrends - Technology, Customisation and Sustainability
Source: Business Wire

Climate investing: Is it sustainable?
Source: Atlantic Council 


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ESG / Sustainable & Responsible Investment

The Unsustainable Sustainable Investing Boom
Source: Project Syndicate 

10 Reasons Advisors, Investors Should Care About ESG Investing
Source: Think Advisor 

Why aren't advisers warming up to ESG?
Source: Investment News 

Sustainable Green Finance May Be the Next Big Thing
Source: Seeking Alpha 

Almost Half of Institutional Investors Consider ESG in Investment Decisions
Source: 401K Specialists 

Catalyzing Markets toward Sustainability
Source: Resource Magazine 

ESG Investing in Emerging Markets
Source: Morningstar 

ESG investing provides strong return
Source: FT Adviser 

Corporate Sustainability / ESG

How CEOs Talk About the Long-Term 
Source:  CECP

Three Practical Reasons to Build More Inclusive IT Organizations
Source:  VMware

Firms ignoring climate crisis will go bankrupt, says Mark Carney 
Source: The Guardian

West Elm, A Fair Trade Pioneer, Falls Short On 2020 Sustainability Goal
Source: Forbes 
Schell makes a sell on sustainability
Source: Plastics News 

Global Sustainability: Continuing Forward Momentum!

Major environmental groups call on businesses to lead on climate policy 
Source: Ceres

Carbon Pricing Management Briefing 
Source:  Ethical Corp

Sustainability: a call to action
Source: Data Center Dynamics 

Sustainability and efficiency: the new trends driving the plastics industry
Source: Phys.org 

Sustainability Data

Digitalisation can either drive the transformation to sustainability or thwart them. For humanity to grasp the opportunities, policymakers must act.
Source: Development and Cooperation 

Defining and Measuring Sustainability
Source: State of the Planet - Columbia University 

Credit data: sustainable companies are better credit risks
Source: Risk.net 


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