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One planet farming

We depend just as much on our gas-guzzling, chilled plug-in, “just-in-time” food deliveries as ancient Romans did on foreign conquests, shipping and slaves – and our food system is no more secure, ethical or sustainable than Rome’s was.
Carolyn Steel, Hungry City, 2008

 

 

Agriculture at a Crossroads: Food for Survival Greenpeace, 2009
Report argues that none of the major global challenges ahead of us will be met without profound and lasting changes of today’s dominant agricultural practices and food policies.

Eating the Planet: Feeding and fuelling the world sustainably, fairly and humanely – a scoping study FOE & Compassion in World Farming, 2009
Study examines global biomass supply and demand, climate change and water resources to produce a range of outcomes for global food and fuel production.

Fair miles: recharting the food miles map International Institute for Environment and Development & Oxfam, 2009
A pocketbook which examines both sides of the food miles vs supporting small farmers in the Majority World debate in searech of a diet that is ethically balanced.

Growing a Better Future: food justice in a resource-constrained world Oxfam, 2011
A report which explores the vested interests and unfair rules that corrupt the food system and threaten food security for the world's poorest: rigged trade rules, pork-barrel biofuel policies, broken aid promises, corporate power, and inaction on climate change. At a time of record world food prices the report promotes positive initiatives to alter the way we produce, consume and think about food.

A Farm for the Future
Excellent documentary by wildlife film maker Rebecca Hosking on rethinking her family farm in the light of Peak Oil. Features interviews with Peak Oil and permaculture gurus.

What We’re about to Receive London Review of Books, May 2010
Jeremy Harding writes an excellent summary on the future of food and its supply and argues convincingly that the era of endless food is winding down.

Livestock's Long Shadow: Environmental Issues and Options FAO, 2006 Comprehensive analysis of livestock’s contribution to environmental problems.

Rising food prices: A global crisis Overseas Development Institute, 2008
Briefing paper which summarises causes of the food crisis and recommends medium term responses to ensure food security in low income countries.

A Viable Food Future The Development Fund, 2010
Report which makes the case for 'ecological agriculture' to reduce poverty and improve livelihoods, address climate change, restore biodiversity and soil fertility in order to produce enough food for 9 billion people. Part 2 looks at the treasury of traditional approaches to farming.

What's feeding our food? The environmental and social impact of the livestock sector FOE, 2008
Report uncovers the interdependence between intensive livestock farming in the UK and Europe and soy production in Latin America. It investigates the role of agribusiness, global finance and agricultural policies in driving this system which accounts for 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Where does the carbon footprint fall? Developing a carbon map of food production IIED, 2009
Report advances the discussion about food miles by defining 'local food' by examining the geographical location of GHG emissions along the supply chains upstream of two case study farms.

 

 

Weblinks

Fix the food chain is Friends of the Earth's campaign to create a thriving, planet-friendly farming?

RISC's forest roof garden is an example of urban agriculture on unused space. The website includes background information on permaculture and growing food in schools.

Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, enrich society and culture and promote equity. A rich source of information and resources.

UK Food Group is a network for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working on global food and agriculture issues to create a world in which hunger has been banished by food security.