Want to save the planet? Give up junk food, booze, and coffee

Here’s some extra motivation to follow through with your 2022 New Year’s resolutions: Those unhealthy foods you want to give up are also helping to destroy the planet.

And that goes nearly double if you’re a man, as men’s food consumption contributes over 40 per cent more greenhouse gasses than women’s.

According to a new study from the University of Leeds in the UK, foods such as cakes, biscuits and lollies, alcoholic drinks and caffeinated products like tea and coffee account for over 23 per cent of all diet-related greenhouse gas emissions.

Foods like cakes and sweets have an outsized negative environmental impact

Foods like cakes and sweets have an outsized

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FAO head urges G20 to invest in a healthy planet for healthy food |

In his appeal to G20 environment ministers, the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Qu Dongyu, highlighted the challenge of having to produce more food while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

“Today, humanity faces a triple planetary crisis of biodiversity loss, climate crisis and the impact of the pandemic”, he said. “To have healthy food, we need a healthy environment”. 

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The conscious sip: Your drink impacts the planet more than you realise. It’s time for sustainable cocktails

Do you ever think about the environment when you order that Bloody Mary? Or wonder what your carbon footprint might be as you sip on a frozen Margarita? Or even pause to question how harmful your cocktail may be for the planet? Well, if you don’t, you’re not alone. But it is time to start.

Because, well, the way you choose to drink does impact the planet.

It begins right from the process of distilling to packaging and shipping. Every step has

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For people, planet, and prosperity

An Independent Dialogue as a contribution to the UN Food Systems Summit

On Friday, 4 June, the World Health Organization, EAT, and the Global Alliance for the Future of Food will host Healthy Food Systems: For people, planet, and prosperity, an Independent Food Systems Summit Dialogue.

More info:

Event details:

  • Time/date: Friday, 4 June 2021 | 13.00 – 15.00 CEST
  • Format: Zoom webinar with keynotes, panel debate and audience polling
  • Simultaneous translation: English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese
  • Registration: via Google Form with Zoom link to follow
  • Agenda

In the year of the UN Food Systems Summit

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New Tech Makes Perishable Food Last For Months Without a Fridge, Helping Farmers and the Planet

French Fries – Farther Farms

A food-tech startup in upstate New York has developed technology to preserve food without refrigeration for months beyond when it would normally spoil, without the use of artificial preservatives.

Poised to cut down on the millions of tons of food waste worldwide, it also has the potential to transform agriculture in developing countries where refrigerated shipping containers and trains are rare or expensive.

Have you ever wondered why we don’t devote more cropland to growing fruits and vegetables instead of grain since they’re much more nutritious? The reason is food spoilage, a problem that costs

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