12/13/2017 08:40 am ET
Mounting food waste, unsustainable farming practices and rising obesity mean that the US ranks only 21st (out of 34 countries) in the 2017 edition of the Food Sustainability Index (FSI). The country languishes in 24th place in the FSI’s nutritional challenges pillar, dragged down by elevated levels of meat, saturated fat and sugar consumption. In sustainable agriculture the US is only 31st, owing to high levels of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and large amounts of land devoted to biofuel production and animal feed. Its performance in food loss and waste is slightly better (ranked 9th) amid a commitment to halving food loss and waste by 2030.
In principle, a wealthy country should be capable of ensuring that all of its citizens have access to nutritious and balanced diets. This is patently not the case for the US at present, as underlined by the latest results of the FSI, developed by The Economist Intelligence Unit with the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition. The FSI places the US in 21st position (out of 34 countries) in terms of overall food sustainability. This means the country significantly underperforms other high-income countries such as top-ranked France, Japan and Germany.
The Ring of Fire
Published on May 25, 2015
According to a study by a former top official in the George H.W. Bush administration, Fox News so badly mangles the national narrative that it creates uninformed voters. This is further proof that Fox News simply skews the national narrative and damages its viewers chances of ever being informed.
The Big Picture RT
Published on Jul 14, 2015
Aaron Huertas, Union of Concerned Scientists, joins Thom. Thanks to a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists – we know that the fossil fuel industry never believed the denial science that they’ve been funding for the last 30 years. The report shows that as early as 1981 – ExxonMobil was having internal discussions about the climate impacts of one particularly large extraction project. That’s almost seven years before NASA scientist James Hansen testified about the threat of a warming world to Congress. And in 1995 – a memo circulated among companies that said that climate change is caused by burning their products – and that the relevant science is “well established and cannot be denied” So the industry knew that their actions were driving the planet to a crisis – and they did nothing to avoid it. And when scientists and the public cried out – they spread lies to cover their guilt. The simple fact is – we wouldn’t be facing such a dire crisis if we had taken action when the companies first knew that burning fossil fuels drives climate change. But what happens now that we know that the companies lied to cover up their systematic abuse of our planet?
Published on Dec 13, 2017
***13 MIN VERSION*** The COP 23 climate talks in Bonn last month were dominated by the concept of just transition, both inside the conference and outside in the actions and meetings of climate activists. But what does just transition mean? How can we move to a low carbon economy in a way that isn’t to the detriment of workers who work in the fossil fuel industry and the communities that have been ruined under capitalism? Trade unionists and environmentalists from all over the world outline a number of visionary projects and ideas. Featuring Trade Unions for Energy Democracy, Scot E3, the battle against coal in the Phillippines, just transition in North Dakota and Jackson, just recovery in Puerto Rico and Texas, and the astonishing Ende Gelände action which shut down the lignite coalfield in the Rheinland.