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Brighter Green Associate Interviewed by "Eating Animals" Director, Christopher Quinn 9/29/14

Brighter Green Associate Wanqing Zhou was interviewed by Eating Animals director Christopher Quinn. BG also provided Mr. Quinn Chinese contacts, including What's For Dinner? director Jian Yi, for the film.

Brighter Green Associate Wanqing Zhou interviewed by Our Hen House 7/23/14

Brighter Green Associate Wanqing Zhou was interviewed by Our Hen House on Brighter Green's What's For Dinner? and China screening tour in June and July 2014.

Brighter Green and Partner Global Forest Coalition Published in "Square Brackets" 7/1/14

Brighter Green and partner Global Forest Coalition published their article "Implementing Aichi Target 3 in the livestock sector" in "Square Brackets: CBD Newsletter for Civil Society".

Brighter Green Releases June 2014 Newsletter 6/27/14

Brighter Green releases its June 2014 newsletter highlighting achievements and events in the first part of 2014. You can view the newsletter here.

Brighter Green Launches "What's For Dinner?" China Screening Tour 6/15/14

Brighter Green launches the China tour of the short documentary film "What's For Dinner?". The film is screened in multiple cities through July 2014 and provinces including Beijing, Shanghai, and Zhejiang province. To learn more please click here.

Brighter Green Presents at the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption 6/11/14

Brighter Green Associate Wanqing Zhou presented her paper, "The Triangle: Factory Farming in the U.S., China and Brazil" in Shanghai, China at the Global Research Forum on Production and Consumption.

BG Partner Global Forest Coalition Releases Paraguayan Case Study 5/22/14

Brighter Green partner Global Forest Coalition publishes Paraguayan case study on the environmental and social impacts of unsustainable livestock and soybean production.

Brighter Green and Global Forest Coalition New Report and Briefing Paper 5/22/14

Brighter Green and the Global Forest Coalition announce the release of a new report and briefing paper on redirecting government support for unsustainable livestock production as the key to biodiversity conservation.

Brighter Green Appears in the Scientific American Magazine 5/20/14

The Scientific American article "China's Appetite for Meat Swells, Along with Climate Changing Pollution" references Brighter Green research as well as quotes Executive Director Mia MacDonald and Associate Wanqing Zhou.

What's For Dinner? Page on Icarus Website 5/9/14

Brighter Green's short documentary film What's For Dinner? is now featured on Icarus Films' website, WFD's North American distributor. Visit the website for more information on screening or purchasing the film.

Brighter Green Releases Policy Brief of "Beyond the Pail: the Emergence of Industrialized Dairy Systems in Asia" 4/28/14

Brighter Green released the policy brief for the most recent policy paper, Beyond the Pail: the Emergence of Industrialized Dairy Systems in Asia. The brief, available here, provides a succinct summary of the paper and recommendations.

Brighter Green's film What's For Dinner? to be featured in the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital 3/21/14

Brighter Green's short film What's For Dinner? was recently selected to appear in the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. It appeared on March 19th at 12PM in the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, along with a discussion partnering with the China Environment Forum.

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Sustaining the 7 Billion

November 11, 2011 12:00pm

Something to celebrate?

According to the UN, the world population reached 7 billion people on Monday, October 31. In the wake of this population milestone, the question on everyone's minds is how can we sustain a world of 7 billion people (and counting!)?

The Earth is composed of finite resources, and there is much controversy over how those resources are allocated. Although the world produces enough food to feed every human on the planet, there are still about a billion people who are hungry because we are not distributing our resources properly. Joel Cohen, head of the Laboratory of Populations at Columbia and Rockefeller Universities, discussed the implications of population growth last week on WNYC Radio and brought up a fascinating point regarding human production and consumption of agriculture and livestock. He remarked that we could feed 9 to 11 billion people if we simply changed our diet; too much of our grain production is used to feed livestock (instead of people) to meet the growing demand for meat. Consumption is a bigger threat to sustainability than population growth itself. If we intend on sustaining this population level, we need to change our consumption habits.

A recent article in The Guardian stated if we do not change our current production practices, there will be irreversible damage to our climate within the next five years. This is a staggering idea in light of the recent population milestone. We need to focus on reducing our carbon footprint by eliminating practices that "lock-in" carbon production, such as fossil-fueled power stations and inefficient industrial practices. Ultimately, we have 7 billion mouths to feed and the only way to do so is to behave in a more responsible way-- ethically and environmentally.

Photo by UNDP Jamaica/Carol Narcisse