12 Dec '11, 5pm

Do We Need a LEED-Type Certification System for Sustainable Food Production?

From the carbon footprint of local food through efforts to make industrial monoculture more efficient to grassroots urban and backyard farming , there many different approaches to and philosophies about more sustainable food production. And that doesn't even take into account efforts to green the food distribution network or cut back on food waste . But how can consumers tell what efforts are really worth rewarding, and how do we weigh up the relative values of localized production versus lower energy use on the farm versus biodiversity protection or workers' rights? Thumbing through a recent issue of Scientific American I came across a fascinating 5-point-plan to feed the world by Jonathan Foley (behind a subscription wall unfortunately). From encouraging a shift away from meat and dairy (and grain-fed animal agriculture in particular), through maximizing efficiency of re...

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