Thursday, June 30, 2011

House of Philanthropy Solutions (HOPS) - LGT

House of Philanthropy Solutions (HOPS) - LGT

I will visit the House of Philantropy Solutions today and try to figure out how we can build a brighter future together!
Lets inspire many more people to become active in philanthropy, and start making a Difference!
The Art of Creating Positive Impact sounds very promissing!

Experience philanthropy at the "House of Philanthropy Solutions"

The word "philanthropy" originates from Greek and means "holding mankind dear" or "cherishing humanity" – strong words for a strong, heartfelt concern. But what does philanthropic engagement look like these days? How is philanthropy put into practice?

In the "House of Philanthropy Solutions" – abbreviated as HOPS – philanthropy becomes concrete and tangible. You can see, hear, and touch innovative solutions that organizations from the LGT Venture Philanthropy portfolio have developed - solutions that give answers to global challenges in the social and environmental realm.

Discover the "House of Philanthropy Solutions"

In this unique exhibition, you interactively discover "Solution Globes" on seven different topics: education, water, health, nutrition, renewable energies, resource management, and the establishment of markets for social investments.



Each Solution Globe is composed of three components: the outer shell shows you the environmental or social challenge for which the solution was developed. Once you open the globe, you see the concrete solution on the inside, and realize the positive impact it has on the affected population. In the background of the Solution Globes, there is a wall which illustrates the solution’s thematic context.

Inspiration for your own engagement

We would like to share the fascination of philanthropic solutions with you. Contact us if you would like to visit HOPS, set up mobile Solution Globes at home, or learn more about the possibilities of your own philanthropic commitment.

The first HOPS was opened in Zürich in May 2011. Together with our partners, we want to establish additional HOPS sites and inspire enthusiasm in others for philanthropy.

Contact

To find out more or visit HOPS, contact us:

Contact form

Phone +41 (0)44 256 8110
Färberstrasse 6, CH-8008 Zurich

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization | Journey to Planet Earth | PBS Video

Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization | Journey to Planet Earth | PBS Video

Watch the full episode. See more Journey to Planet Earth.

Halali beim WWF ‬‏

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The WWF has been founded by hunters and still is the biggest hunting club in the world!
Many of the Big Friends and important members are hunting endangered species and i
don't mean with the CAMERA! Watch this documentary and spread this news!
The WWF makes me sick! Their TIGER SPOT on television is disgusting if you look
at what they practice...how many tigers have WWF members killed ?

The WWF is the largest environmental protection organisation in the world. Trust in its green projects is almost limitless. With rousing campaigns, the WWF directly targets the conscience of its donors – everyone should do their part to save endangered species, the climate and/or the rainforest. The WWF was founded 50 years ago, on September 11, 1961. Today it is the most influential lobby group for the environment in the world, thanks largely to its excellent contacts in both the political and industrial spheres and to its ability to walk a constant tightrope between commitment and venality. A year in the making, this film will dispel the green image of the WWF however. Behind the organisation’s eco-facade, the Film uncovered explosive stories from all around the world. This documentary seeks to reveal the secrets of the WWF. It is a journey into the heart of the green empire and may shatter public faith in the panda forever.
The WWF has many Worldwide partnerships with major companies from the energy and agribusiness. Even genetically engineered soy from the chemical giant Monsanto has received the blessing of the Panda. Do these deals of the WWF with the industry help to save the last remaining intact Ecosystems of the world, or has it even accelerated their destruction? The documentary Pakt mit dem Panda will explore the mysteries of the WWF. It becomes a journey into the heart of the green empire and shattered the faith of the panda.
“With his Documentary about the WWF "Pakt mit dem Panda" Wilfried has created the best documentary i have ever seen about any NGO!
A masterpiece that reveals the TRUTH and nothing but the truth about the GREEN EMPIRE from the first Hunting oriented founding days until the GREENWASHING for all the industries who need a GREEN and CLEAN Image. From Fish to Soy from Wood to Palmoil! You can watch his Pakt mit dem Panda here: http://bit.ly/Paktmitdempanda
Or watch it on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jnqg12v4qJQ

English version: THE SILENCE OF PANDAS - Distributor: United Docs, Cologne: www.united-docs.com
For more information about the Wicked Wildlife Fund visit:
http://www.facebook.com/WickedWildllifeFund
http://on.fb.me/wickedwildlifefoundationgroup

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Appetite for Change – Blog | SustainAbility

Appetite for Change – Blog | SustainAbility

Appetite for Change

23 Jun 2011Jennifer Biringer

In just the last few weeks, one of the worst E. coli outbreaks in history has killed 37 people and made more than 2,600 ill, academics concluded that climate change will have more negative consequences for agriculture than expected, and the UN’s Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization released a guide warning “world farming needs a ‘major shift’ to more sustainable practices as intensive crop production since the 1960s has degraded soils, depleted ground water and caused pest outbreaks.”

Industry and food system experts interviewed for SustainAbility’s latest report, Appetite for Change, read trends such as these and conclude that the food industry is failing. Our experts sounded loud and clear that there is widespread awareness of the key challenges faced by the food system, but that there is a startling lack of consensus on the path forward. Food industry leader Marks & Spencer says of itself that it “has only done 10% of what it needs to become sustainable.” While it and other companies can point to many sustainability achievements, they acknowledge too the difficulty of finding ways to reach their more ambitious sustainability goals at sufficient pace and scale.

Imagining and creating a sustainable food system will require new kinds of leadership from those with appetite for change. Key attributes of the type of leadership necessary include:

  • Redefined Vision, encompassing sometimes unfamiliar or unconventional concepts like fair shares, closed loops, ‘un-innovating’ or simplification, and new notions of productivity.
  • Application of Systemic Approaches, capable of building networks and fostering mosaics as well as developing more inclusive approaches to agriculture.
  • Use of Information Technology, which will make more robust the web of interactions and knowledge sharing mechanisms necessary to support a sustainable food system.
  • Better understanding of Societal Needs, in order to re-value food, and to understand and then transform food-related policy and politics.

To date, the best models for systemic change have been developed outside the corporate sphere – through entrepreneurs and at smaller, more local levels. Calls from the policy sphere, and from the UN Human Rights Council (PDF) and UN FAO, likewise are challenging the status quo. Is industry up for the challenge?

Download the report to learn more about how industry can begin the transformation. To speak with us about how your company can lead and/or prepare for this shift, contact biringer@sustainability.com.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

We are all ONE! An Inspiring Short Film To Watch



This incredible short film shares an Indigenous Native American Prophecy that links all of life and the future of our planet.

A deep sense of interconnectedness, or oneness, is at the core of decisions and actions that are life affirming and good for the whole. In other words, it will bring forth an environmentally sustainable, fulfilling and socially just human presence.

Monday, June 20, 2011

FOR THE NEXT GENERATION (2011) on Vimeo

FOR THE NEXT GENERATION (2011) from Dominoes Falling Productions on Vimeo.



FOR THE NEXT GENERATION (2011) by Dominoes Falling Productions.
A film aiming to inspire positive change in a time that is very difficult for many across the planet, and to spread awareness of some serious challenges that lie ahead.

Question everything, including this.

Instead of reading a description to this film to find out what it's about, watch it!

'Better the pain of awareness than the agony of self-betrayal.'

Sunday, June 19, 2011

A Life Connected

A Life Connected

Our Mission, Our Vision.

We are connecters, consumer educators, reminders that we are all interconnected.

The purpose of this website is to start a world revolution based on compassion and personal responsibility.

Our vision is a world driven by the innate goodness of people and their values of justice, kindness, and compassion for other people, for the planet, and for animals.



A Life Connected: VEGAN from NonviolenceUnited.org on Vimeo.

Meatless Meat

Meatless

I love the way the world is CHANGING!

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Soon expected; Meatless texture in frozen plates to punch schnitzels, nuggets or burgers. Spectacular texture, clean label, allergenfree, lowfat, production expected July 2011

We can replace large parts of the Meat we are producing right now with
Meatless Meat! And save the planet save the animals and save the lives of millions of people who are now
starving to Death! Meatless meat is not yet as Cheap as real meat because the price of meat does not come
with a price tag on the Water and CO2 emissions...if we would calculate the real price of meat
Meatless Meat would be cheaper...that its more healthy and can be just as tasty is GREAT!

A big thank you to all the Scientists and managers all around the world who are working on making the
Meat and Food industry much more sustainable!

Lets connect on LinkedIn


Sustainability

Issues such as sustainability, health and environment are becoming increasingly important in food. With a growing world population and more pressure on available agricultural land a strategic vision is necessary. The growing prosperity in the Far East and the soaring demand for biofuels lead to higher commodity prices and scarcity. Animal protein replaced by high quality vegetable protein may contribute to a solution to this problem.

Meatless is trying to convince people that we need innovative solutions and that in the coming decades we will have to think differently about the relationship between food, health and environment.

With Meatless it becomes possible to influence the nutritional value strongly positive without adapting the actual diet of people and without quantitative or qualitative changes. Meatless goes further than just vegetarianism and offers opportunities for people who are aware of the future of this planet and their own health.

Meatless is recognized as a protein containing product with extremely low amount of land use, greenhouse gas output, water use and energy use.

Build a Strategy for Sustainability



Sustainability? What does it realy mean?
Do you think that we still have the time to build a sustainable future?
9 Billion People on this planet in 2040 will we be able to feed them?
Yes WE WILL! If we use our Brains and RETHINK the FUTURE!
Business as usual? Forget it! We need a new GREEN Economy
or a Blue Economy? A SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY!

When will retailers and manufacturers start improving consumer awareness of environmentally friendly products and communicate the environmental messages to consumers clearly and succinctly?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sustainable Growth is it possible?

What do you think is Sustainable Growth Possible?
How can we build a sustainable future?
How can we Change tho Global Focus?

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A representation of sustainability showing
how both economic and societal values are
constrained by environmental limits (2003)
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This is from the recycled reusable shopping bag from the most sustainable Retailer in the world COOP in Switzerland.

Sustainable development does not focus solely on environmental issues.
Can we shift the GLOBAL FOCUS?

In 1987, the United Nations released the Brundtland Report, which included what is now one of the most widely recognised definitions:

"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It contains within it two key concepts:

the concept of 'needs', in particular the essential needs of the world's poor, to which overriding priority should be given; and
the idea of limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organization on the environment's ability to meet present and future needs.

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Scheme of sustainable development:
at the confluence of three constituent parts.(2006)[6][7]

Green development is generally differentiated from sustainable development in that Green development prioritizes what its proponents consider to be environmental sustainability over economic and cultural considerations. Proponents of Sustainable Development argue that it provides a context in which to improve overall sustainability where cutting edge Green development is unattainable. For example, a cutting edge treatment plant with extremely high maintenance costs may not be sustainable in regions of the world with fewer financial resources. An environmentally ideal plant that is shut down due to bankruptcy is obviously less sustainable than one that is maintainable by the community, even if it is somewhat less effective from an environmental standpoint.

Sustainable development is said to set limits on the developing world. While current first world countries polluted significantly during their development, the same countries encourage third world countries to reduce pollution, which sometimes impedes growth. Some consider that the implementation of sustainable development would mean a reversion to pre-modern lifestyles.[16]
Others have criticized the overuse of the term:
"[The] word sustainable has been used in too many situations today, and ecological sustainability is one of those terms that confuse a lot of people. You hear about sustainable development, sustainable growth, sustainable economies, sustainable societies, sustainable agriculture. Everything is sustainable (Temple, 1992)."[16]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainable_development

The goal inherent in our search for clean technologies ( A sustainable future) is very exciting: a delightfully diverse, safe, healthy and just world with clean air, water, soil and power - economically, equitably, ecologically and elegantly enjoyed by all.”—William McDonough Would that Goal set the boundaries for sustainable growth?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

CONGRATULATIONS TO COOP IN SWITZERLAND

COOP is the most sustainable retailer in the world!

We knew that and we have written about that since we first met the COOP Sustainability Management! You can find it in One Earth One Mission and One Person Can Make A Difference many times!
The OEKOM Research Team has compared many of the leading retailers in the world in a big global study and COOP is their World Leader when it comes to sustainability!

I have been at the HQ of this World Leader last week and made a few suggestions on how they can improve their sustainability with a more holistic approach! In Retail the stores don't count the biggest Foot Print comes from the products the retailer is selling.

Since food retail itself forms only a small part of the contribution that the food and agriculture industry makes to global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and other environmental issues, COOP should also encourage their suppliers and customers to reduce their environmental impact.

As a retailer, we rely on our supply chain to produce and supply the products we sell. We want to reduce the environmental footprint of our products, so we need to understand the environmental impact of the various links in our supply chain, and identify any areas for improvement. This is from the Ahold CSR Management statement not from COOP Unfortunately

We can then work with suppliers to reduce their environmental impact, and guide consumers towards more environmentally friendly products.

COOP does not (yet) have a Sustainable Value Network like Walmart has
I suggested they should start a COOP Club committed to sustainable excellence
COOP does not have a plan for a Product index system like Walmart has
I asked COOP to start looking at the complete Footprint of all products they sell
COOP probably has the biggest Carbon Footprint of all companies in Switzerland - if you take a look at the overall Footprint! They are the biggest Producer of Meat in Switzerland thats why i suggested to take a look at how they can reduce that footprint. With more Research and Development to find better substitutes for Meat and with more promotion and tests in Flagshipstores with the products and the know how from the Vegetarian Butcher from Holland. And the worlds best Faux Meat Producers!
COOP should invest in finding and developing the best possible Meat Substitutes
with the best experts in the world and a Professor for Meat Substitutes from the university of Wageningen in the Netherlands.

COOP should start telling the Truth about the healthiest of all diets!
Decades ago, the brilliant physicist Albert Einstein said the following:

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet .”

I gave COOP the complete information from the Provegan.info from now on they can not tell anybody that they did not KNOW...http://www.provegan.info/_en/vorwort.html
This brochure and the website www.ProVegan.info are a contribution in the fight against the unlimited madness of mankind. The resulting devastating effects are consciously or unconsciously ignored by most people. The majority of people are (still) willing to cause global warming, to torture and kill animals, to support the starvation of millions of people, to plunder the oceans, and to ruin their own health just because of their taste preferences for animal products.

Of course, it is also important to understand that following a vegan diet does not mean that we have to miss out on anything. Quite the contrary – a vegan diet is a pure feast, as numerous vegan cookbooks and restaurants have proved.

COOP should start A LOHAS Community since between 15 and 20% of their Customers are LOHAS.

COOP is and will stay the Worlds Most Sustainable Retailer i am sure that they will follow some of our suggestions!

Kudos to Frau Dr Sybille Anwander Phan Huy the Head of Sustainability for the entire COOP GROUP! You are realy doing a wonderful job!  Let us make you even more sustainable with a holistic approach!

Monday, June 13, 2011

YouTube - ‪Kanal von USdepartmentofenergy‬‏

YouTube - ‪Kanal von USdepartmentofenergy

The Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) is answering the President's call to "Win the Future". By directly funding some of the most groundbreaking discoveries in science and technology, we're encouraging the development of the most advanced clean tech innovations out there today.

But will the USA beat countries like Germany and Japan?

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YouTube - Faces of the Recovery Act: Sun Catalytix

YouTube - Faces of the Recovery Act: Sun Catalytix

WHO | World Blood Donor Day 2011

WHO | World Blood Donor Day 2011

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On 14 June 2011, countries worldwide will celebrate World Blood Donor Day with events to raise awareness
of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary unpaid blood donors
for their life-saving gifts of blood.



Please Take the time to donate BLOOD TOMORROW! The theme for World Blood Donor Day 2011 is,
"More blood. More life." This theme reinforces the urgent need for more people all over the world
to become life-savers by volunteering to donate blood regularly.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Compare the footprint of a vegan burger to a Beef Burger Fry’s Vegetarian

For a Greener Earth | Fry’s Vegetarian

For a Greener Earth

Compare the Carbon Footprint of a Vegan Burger to a Beef Burger


Sample Results & Summary

Total Carbon Footprint of various food types according to GWP100

Example of GHG savings (prevented) due to global switch from meat to plant-based meat analogs

Carbon Footprint of Food:
Stopping Climate Change with Diet Change?
Overview and Summary

Introduction
This summary presents an overview of WPF’s latest report evaluating the Carbon Footprint of plant- versus animal-based protein sources of nutrition. The findings are compelling as they demonstrate the exceptional and significant GHG reductions a worldwide shift from plant- to animal-based proteins would entail. The full report (with references) and corresponding presentation will be available for download on the World Preservation Foundation website in March 2011. Summary here follows:

The quest for sustainable consumption
One of the most effective ways to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions – along with the recent series of weather-related disasters spurred by climate change – is to adopt sustainable lifestyles via heightened consumer awareness. Policies aimed at sustainable living and consumption patterns are increasingly focusing on this challenge, with the insights gained through the carbon footprint of various food products in particular gaining greater awareness and emphasis of address.

The efficacy of the Carbon Footprint (CF) metric
Carbon Footprint (CF), which quantifies the global warming impacts of products from a life cycle perspective, has gained prominence as a holistic approach, where environmental or ecological protection promotes the idea of carbon emission accounting from the very beginning of a product’s life, rather than a simplistic (and narrow) perspective of the control of emission towards the end. CF methodology has developed from (and involves) Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), an ISO-standardized environmental accounting tool applied in research and industry for systematically monitoring the inventory of materials, resources and energy inputs and emission outputs to air, water and land associated with each stage of a given product life cycle.

Methodology of evaluating plant-based and livestock production systems’ CF
For the five plant-based agricultural systems (potatoes, corn, tomatoes, rice, soybean and peas –of which meat analogs are also composed), the total CF is calculated according to:

  1. Fertilizer input is allocated to the final output of 1 kg crop/cereal/vegetable product
  2. Emissions of N2O due to fertilizers usage at farms, based on (1)
  3. Energy requirements and associated emissions for farming operations are allocated to the final output of 1 kg crop/cereal/vegetable product
  4. Farming operations in (3) include cultivation, harvesting, milling, cooling and packaging. It assumed that no freezing is necessary
  5. Nitrogen-based fertilizer inputs, which make up 70% of fertilizer usage in agriculture.

For the beef, pork and chicken production systems, the total CF is calculated according to:

  1. Feed input is allocated according to the final output of 1 kg meat product
  2. Energy requirements for the total feed required for each animal is adjusted to (1)
  3. Energy requirements and associated emissions for farming operations are allocated according to the final output of 1 kg meat product
  4. GHG from livestock are based on 1 kg (bone-free and ready to cook) meat output
  5. Energy requirements for all slaughterhouse and meat processing activities, and their associated GHGs, are allocated according to the final output of 1 kg meat

Overall, the CF for all meals derived from meat analogs or plants are less carbon intensive, compared to meat-based meals. Goodland and Anhang (2009) projected that meat and dairy analogs will not only help to slow climate change but will also ease the global food crisis. This is because meat analogs (comprising various crop-proteins; the full details of the analog constituents are presented in the full report) require a much smaller quantity of resources to produce any given number of calories. The bar chart shows that GHG emissions from meat analogs options are comparatively minimal, with the graphic illustrating how a simple switch from a selected meat-based meal to meat analog meal saves a total of over 26 billion tons of CO2-eq. Such GHG savings actually come from diverting tremendous amounts of resource, land, and energy use away from livestock within the meat food production chain, together with subsequent nitrous oxide (N2O) and methane (CH4) emissions prevention.

REF: www.WorldPreservationFoundation.org

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Mondays are the new Frydays!

Go vegetarian for 24 hours every week – it is the easiest way for every South African to make a difference to the planet.

On 13 September 2010, South Africa saw the official launch of the global Meat Free Monday’s campaign, which urges all South Africans to pledge their support and make a difference by not eating meat, fish or chicken every Monday.

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet,” said Albert Einstein.

Fry’s in association with WESSA, Animal Rights Africa, Animal Anti Cruelty League, Beauty Without Cruelty, the South Africa Vegan Society and Vegan SA launched Meat Free Mondays in South Africa.

Go to www.supportmfm.co.za to Support Meat Free Mondays or sms the letters MFM and your name and email address to 34007. Sms charged at R2 per SMS. All those who pledge their support for Meat Free Monday’s will receive a personalized pledge certificate.

Also available to purchase on the site, with all proceeds going to charity, are a vegetarian and vegan recipe book, Meat Free Monday recycled shopping bags and Meat Free Monday supporter wrist bands. All items cost R25 excluding VAT but include delivery in South Africa.

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Livestock and Climate Change
by Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang

Livestock and Climate Change: What if the key actors in climate change are…cows, pigs, and chickens?

world-watchThe environmental impact of the lifecycle and supply chain of animals raised for food has been vastly underestimated, and in fact accounts for at least half of all human-caused greenhouse gases (GHGs), according to Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang, co-authors of “Livestock and Climate Change”.

A widely cited 2006 report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Livestock’s Long Shadow, estimates that 18 percent of annual worldwide GHG emissions are attributable to cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats, camels, pigs, and poultry. But recent analysis by Goodland and Anhang finds that livestock and their byproducts actually account for at least 32.6 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year, or 51 percent of annual worldwide GHG emissions.

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Why it’s green to go vegetarian

There were approximately 6.5 billion people living on earth in 2005 and as the world’s population continues to grow, our requirement for food will also increase. Click here to read more.

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Global Warming
Eating meat is one of the greatest causes of global warming. By eating lower on the food chain – ideally, an-all-plant-based diet — humankind can take an essential and enormous step in reducing global warming. A 2006 United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report entitled Livestock’s Long Shadow (www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2006/1000448) concludes that global animal agriculture contributes more greenhouse gas emissions (in CO2 equivalents), an astonishing 18 percent of the total, more than all forms of transportation. Furthermore, the global warming potential and effect of these gases is more striking since methane and nitrous oxide are 23 and 296 times more harmful than carbon dioxide. A University of Chicago study found that the average American diet, including all food processing steps, annually produces 1.5 tons of CO2-equivalent more than a meat-free diet.

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Environment and Humanitarianism
The world is currently raising over 50 billion farmed animals for slaughter each year and, in addition to its major impact on global warming, this is contributing significantly to the destruction of tropical rainforests and other valuable habitats, rapid species extinction, soil erosion and depletion and other environmental threats. Because of its high degree of inefficiency compared to plant protein production, animal agriculture is disproportionately depleting the planet’s dwindling reserves of fresh water, land, fuel, and other resources. More than ½ of the maize we grow goes to animal feedlots, while 1 child dies every 45 minutes from malnutrition-related sickness. It requires 500 times as much land to produce 1kg beef as 1kg vegetables. 30kg vegetation is needed to produce 1kg beef. Protein derived from meat requires 25 times more energy to produce than comparable protein from grain. 250 l water needed to produce 1kg wheat; 25000 l water needed to produce 1 kg meat!

Adopteer een Hoogleraar voor vleesvervanging!

Adopteer een Hoogleraar voor vleesvervanging!

Adopteer een Hoogleraar voor vleesvervanging!

The Peas Foundation heeft als doel de kennis, ontwikkeling en het gebruik van plantaardige eiwitten te vergroten. Als mensen meer plantaardig eiwit eten in plaats van vlees en zuivel is er meer eten voor iedereen beschikbaar, is dat beter voor het klimaat, voor de biodiversiteit, voor de waterverdeling en meer dieren kunnen leven naar hun eigen aard. De wereld wordt er een stuk leuker van en kan langer mee.

Op dit moment wordt 80% van het landbouwareaal in de wereld gebruikt ten behoeve van de veehouderij, die verantwoordelijk is voor 30% van het verlies aan biodiversiteit. De Nederlandse regering heeft de transitie naar een meer duurzame eiwitconsumptie tot één van haar prioriteiten benoemd. Prof Louise Fresco pleit voor ‘kerstkalkoen uit algen of lupines’ Prof Marc Chavannes spreekt over de link tussen ‘het vleesbeleid en de grote crisis’ en prof Roos Vonk vond instemming bij meer dan 250 Nederlandse hoogleraren voor haar pleidooi voor een duurzaam alternatief voor de huidige veehouderij.

Maar een hoogleraar die zich bezig houdt met de ontwikkeling van hoogwaardige plantaardige vleesvervangers is er nog niet. De zuivelsector financiert een leerstoel zuivelkunde, de vleessector financiert een hoogleraar ketengestuurde duurzame productie , de Koninklijke Nederlandse Jagers Vereniging maakt een leerstoel Faunabeheer mogelijk, maar er is nog geen “Peasprofessor” die zich bezig houdt met onderzoek naar de ontwikkeling van 100% plantaardig voedsel ter vervanging van vlees en zuivel.

Wij streven onafhankelijk onderzoek na: we zullen op geen enkele manier het wetenschappelijk onderzoek proberen te beïnvloeden. Immers, de essentie van goed wetenschappelijke onderzoek is dat het onafhankelijk en objectief is. Dat maakt de resultaten van het werk des te waardevoller.

Het gaat niet goed in de huidige voedselproductie. Bijna de helft van de wereldgraanoogst op dit moment wordt opgeslokt door de veehouderij. Het veevoer voor Europees vee wordt weggehaald uit gebieden waar eerst nog natuur en landbouw voor de eigen bevolking was. Europese boeren hebben voldoende grond beschikbaar waar ze plantaardig eiwit willen en kunnen verbouwen. Daar moeten we ze bij helpen, met plantaardige productontwikkeling, zodat hun prachtige granen niet meer tot veevoer verwerkt hoeven te worden. Zo blijven de lijnen kort en de kringlopen gesloten.

Meer directe vormen van voedselproductie zijn dringend gewenst uit oogpunt van milieu, dierenwelzijn, klimaat, biodiversiteit, waterschaarste,wereldvoedselverdeling, volksgezondheid, fosfaatschaarste en natuurbescherming. Daarom wil The Peas Foundation op termijn de eerste leerstoel op dit gebied realiseren, in samenwerking met Wageningen UR en TU Delft. Er is inmiddels een contract gesloten met het Dutch Separation Technology Institute, Wageningen UR en TU Delft om het onderzoek in gang te zetten. De financiering van het onderzoek zal plaatsvinden op basis van crowdfunding, veel kleine bijdragen die het onderzoek een breed draagvlak geven.

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Alle betrokkenen bij het project: Onderzoekers en hoogleraren Wageningen UR en TU Delft, directeur en medewerkers PPP-ISPT (Institute for Sustainable Process Technology www.ispt.nl), ministerie EL&I, bestuursleden The Peas Foundation.

I will try to get all this information in English as soon as possible!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

What is Katerva? Katerva

What is Katerva?

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

Katerva is a charity organization registered out of the United Kingdom which delivers the Katerva Awards—the pinnacle of global sustainability recognition. Through its website, visitors can read various news and opinions about all things at the intersection of sustainability and innovation and learn about the ideas and programs nominated for the Katerva Awards.

The name Katerva (Ca-tair-vah) comes from the Latin word Caterva—meaning “crowd.” We hope to utilize the the global community to find, refine, and broadcast solutions to the world’s greatest problems.

It is our goal to locate, award, and assist those ideas by which we will live sustainably with the planet inside the next 40 years. We are looking for true game changers–the kind that immeasurably shift the way business, consumption, lifestyle, and efficiency work at a global level.

Radical innovation, global cooperation, and absolute optimism
make up the cornerstones of Katerva.

Katerva operates based on the following principles.

Those ideas by which we will live sustainably with the planet over the next century should be cultivated, refined, and replicated quickly. Katerva hopes to offer visibility, intelligence, financial support, and general assistance to the very best sustainability-related ideas and programs.

Change measured in single- and double-digit percentiles will not fix the planet’s most wicked problems. Katerva is looking for game-changing ideas—the kind that immeasurably shift the way business, consumption, lifestyle, and efficiency work at a global level.

The wisdom and passion of crowds, when properly amplified and organized, can make necessary global change happen very quickly. Katerva hopes to inspire brainstorming and problem-solving at a global level through the use of social networks and the innovative new tools of change now available to the world.

Katerva is designed to be an organization of action and optimism. We believe in and look for ideas that can make a difference today and tomorrow rather than someday. We believe in a positive view of the our future. We believe in the power of human ingenuity and we would like to celebrate it in all its forms.

We need the world. The world needs us.
Read more about the Katerva Awards here.

Carbonnation - The Movie

Monday, June 6, 2011

Mayra Art

Mayra Art

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Rumberger Marija is MayraArt Art for Eco transforming creativity into compassion for animals and the
environment!

“I have never had the pleasure of being connected with a person with more passion about our environment and helping Animals as Marija.

She is determined and successful in making our world a better place to live for all living beings.

Her Creativity, drive and enthusiasm are what i admire most!
Sometimes she can paint without an end even after a long day taking care of the elderly people in her regular job!

With her Paintings Marija will help animals that realy need urgent help like the dogs in the City of Ozijek in Croatia! Marija is one of the most passionate people i have ever met!
She has a heart of gold and is a role model for all humankind.” June 3, 2011

Hans Lak, Founder, One Person Can Make A Difference
worked directly with Rumberger at Mayraarts

She is Creating awareness for and helping the environment and animals One Painting at a time!

Please support her work by liking her Facebook Fan Page for Mayra Art

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Animals need help and protection! Thank you for making a difference
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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Raising animals for food produces more greenhouse-gas emissions (such as methane and CO2) than all the world’s vehicles combined and is therefore the primary contributor to climate change and the climate crisis. Rain forests, which are fundamental to stabilizing the Earth’s climate, are cut down in order to create grazing land for farmed animals or fields that are used to grow crops for animals. Mother Earth’s “green lung” is being destroyed at an unprecedented rate. Even the German Federal Environmental Agency called on consumers to adopt a climate-conscious lifestyle and eat less meat. The agency’s executive, Dr Andreas Troge, told the Berliner Zeitung, “We should re-consider our high meat consumption”. This would not only benefit our health but also the climate. “And it would hardly cause a loss of life quality”, added Troge. Rajendra Pachauri, the chair of UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, called on consumers to eat less meat because of the harm that meat production does to the environment. He referred to studies that showed that the production of 1 kilogram of meat results in 36.4 kilograms of CO2 emissions.

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A recent study published on October 21, 2009 by the renowned World Watch institute, authors Goodland and Anhang concluded that over 51% of greenhouse gases (GHGs) emissions come from Livestock. So the consumption of meat, milk, dairy products and eggs are by far the main reason for climate change. Without changing the diet habits to a vegan diet there is no chance at all to avert a climate catastrophe.

Information about the healthiest of all Diets and its effects on the world's Climate, the Environment, Animal Rights and HUMAN RIGHTS

http://www.provegan.info/

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