The current food system, with its reliance on a handful of crops, is inadequate and unsustainable in the face of climate change and population growth. 'Future-fit' crops are key to solving malnutrition and feeding a larger population.
From post-apocalyptic red skies in Indonesia to vast swathes of the Amazon gone up in smoke, 2019 spelled doomsday for some countries while others worked to prevent the world from spiraling further towards climate catastrophe.
Vickie Tan of Ayala Corporation has integrated sustainability across businesses within the Philippines' largest conglomerate, earning her a place in the Eco-Business A-List of the region’s most influential corporate sustainability executives. In this interview, she tells us why she chooses to stay positive despite all the climate doom and gloom.
Sarah Parsons –
The narrative of the year will be if 2020 will be a turning point for the better or for the worse, says World Resources Institute president Andrew Steer. What stories should be watching out for?
Linda Krueger –
In less than one year, delegates from around the world will gather in Kunming, China, to complete a new global agreement for protecting and conserving the world's natural systems. To succeed, they must bring together not just environmentalists, but also officials with the clout to effect change across entire economies.
How does the food we buy from the supermarket affect the planet? Experts from the University of Newcastle come up with four simple rules to help us reduce our carbon footprint during the next grocery run.
Biodiverse nature is particularly beneficial for mental well-being. There is also growing and compelling evidence that contact with diverse microbiomes in the soil and air has a profound effect on depression and anxiety.
Tim Daubach and Zafirah Zein –
Around the world, indigenous people have historically suffered from abuse and rights violations, despite being critical to forest conservation. This tribe in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, just won rights over its land after a 40-year struggle. Are governments waking up to the reality that indigenous groups could lead the battle against climate change?
Produced and directed by Eco-Business managing editor Jessica Cheam and video journalist Fraser Morton, who journeyed to Norway earlier this year, the documentary has played to thousands of visitors at Marina Bay Sands’ ArtScience museum since its premiere on 4 October.
Zafirah Zein –
We're screwed, claims a government parody ad, as politicians drag their heels on climate change. Taking a shot at the Australian government, the video exposes the absurdity of longstanding political inaction to address the climate crisis and puts out a not-so-subtle call for collective action.