COP 19's Global Landscapes Forum, where Brighter Green co-sponsored a side event, released a statement calling for a new approach to tackling climate change, food insecurity, and poverty saying that "fragmentation is our enemy". The statement calls for the need to "work together across landscapes".
Brighter Green submits policy recommendations with Global Forest Coalition after the networking panel session "Land, landscapes, livestock, and farms". For more information please read about Brighter Green's involvement in COP 19 here.
Brighter Green and the Global Forest Coalition expand biodiversity laws on their joint paper: Industrial Agriculture, Livestock Farming, and Climate Change: Global Social, Cultural, Ecological, and Ethical Impacts of an Unsustainable Industry.
Wanqing Zhou has joined Brighter Green as an Associate. She is currently a Research Intern at Worldwatch Institute where her studies touch on climate change, energy, and food systems. She is also an International Assistant with the Alliance to Save Energy, where her work focuses on the Climate & Gender issue in Southeast Asia, and the U.S.-China sustainable development exchange. She recently received her Master’s degree in Climate & Society from Columbia University.
Brighter Green was among the 230 environmental groups that urged President Obama to address water pollution issues arising from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). President Obama had promised to control pollution from industrial livestock operations during his campaign for President, but has not toughened regulations. The letter to Obama also addresses the EPA's laxity in regulating CAFOS.
Judy Bankman, a New York University masters student in Public Health Nutrition, published the first of a series of blogs on the Civil Eats website. Her blog, "Mexico: Public Health, Rising Obesity and the NAFTA Effect" is part of the Brighter Green Public Health Project that aims to investigate how the adoption of the Western diet in the global South is contributing to an increase in non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Her blog was re-tweeted by author Michael Pollan and featured in the AGree news feed.
Executive Director Mia MacDonald was interviewed for and Brighter Green's work is noted in a recent article in the journal Climatic Change entitled "Meat consumption and climate change: the role
of non-governmental organizations". In addition to this article, two more journal articles will be coming out later this year on this research.
A very good analysis in China Dialogue on Shuanghui's purchase of Smithfield, the world's largest pork producer quotes executive director and Brighter Green guest blogger Wanqing Zhou, a Worldwatch Institute researcher and Beijing native.
The briefing paper on industrial livestock production and deforestation, published in English and Spanish by Brighter Green and the Global Forest Coalition (GFC), is being disseminated at the UN climate change conference now underway in Bonn, Germany. Thanks to GFC executive director Simone Lovera, who's participating in the talks and who spoke about this research during a side event (formal panel) at the conference.
Brighter Green's May 2013 Newsletter is here. See what we have been working on in our three program areas: Food Policy and Equity, Sustainability and Community, and Climate Change, Livelihoods and Rights, and some upcoming projects.
The piece by Mia MacDonald, originally published in "Sanctuary," the newsletter of Farm Sanctuary, makes clear the connection between animal agriculture and environmental degradation, and spotlights city-level "green food" resolutions.