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Executive Director Mia MacDonald Quoted in Civil Eats Article 1/26/15

Executive Director Mia MacDonald was quoted in Advisory Board member Anna Lappe's article on Chatham House's recent study on peoples' understanding of climate change and food, particularly meat production. You can view the Civil Eats article here.

New Report Released by Brighter Green and the Global Forest Coalition on the Unsustainable Impacts of Livestock and Soybean Production in Paraguay 1/22/15

Brighter Green and the Global Forest Coalition, published a new report entitled, "Meat from a Landscape Under Threat: Testimonies of the Impacts of Unsustainable Livestock and Soybean Production in Paraguay". You can access the report here.

Brighter Green Featured in NYC Meatless Monday Press Release 1/22/15

Brighter Green and Executive Director Mia MacDonald were featured in NYC City Council Representative Helen Rosenthal's press release on the push for NYC to adopt the Meatless Monday campaign.

Executive Director Mia MacDonald Appears on Our Hen House's Highlight Reel Podcast Episode 1/10/15

Brighter Green Executive Director Mia MacDonald appears on Our Hen House's highlight reel episode on January 10th. The original TV episode can be viewed here.

East African Girls' Leadership Initiative Program Update 1/10/15

Brighter Green and Tribal Link released a January Program Update on the East African Girls' Leadership Initiative. You can access it here.

Brighter Green and Humane Society International Publish COP 20 Policy Recommendations 12/4/14

Brighter Green and Humane Society International published a policy recommendation document on animal agriculture and climate change for the COP 20 meeting in Lima, Peru. You can access the document here.

Brighter Green Releases Summary on Forthcoming Nature's Rights Paper 10/14/14

Brighter Green released a summary of a forthcoming nature's rights paper entitled Nature's Rights: Rivers, Trees, Whales, and Apes.

Jim Harkness Positively Reviews "What's For Dinner?" 10/6/14

Jim Harkness Senior Advisor on China at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy positively reviews "What's For Dinner?" and interviews Executive Director Mia MacDonald.

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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