Amid warnings of only 60 harvests left and a global population set to reach 9.8 billion by 2050, the June issue of Ethical Corporation investigates how business is rising to the mounting sustainability challenges facing food systems

This month we have a fresh look for our digital magazine, and a fresh angle on one of the most important issues facing responsible business, the sustainability of our food and agriculture systems.

Rather than the hi tech side of climate-smart agriculture, this month’s magazine looks at the companies, NGOs, and multi-stakeholder organisations, that aim to feed the world sustainably through regenerative agriculture methods and boosting soil health.

Amy Brown provides an overview of the challenges with food security and nutrition at risk from climate change, biodiversity loss and a world population that is expected to reach 9.8 billion by 2050. She also features the farmers who are ploughing a new furrow of regenerative agriculture in the US, and looks at what is behind the growing plant-based diets movement.

Mark Hillsdon writes about the moves in Europe and around the world to transform agriculture by boosting the capacity of soil to act as a carbon sink.

He looks at how the Netherlands is plotting a greener revolution, new finance models for sustainable soy in the Cerrado, and investigates how innovative finance from BNP Paribas is allowing 6 million Indian farmers to go chemical-free. He also features a project by Syngenta to reduce soil erosion in the olive groves of Spain.

Meanwhile, I interview Svein Tore Holsether, CEO of Norwegian fertiliser firm Yara, about why his company was one of the founders of the Food and Land Use Coalition.

In our comment section, Dr Lesley Mitchell from Forum for the Future argues that a sustainable food industry is within reach if businesses collaborate towards new dynamic systems.

Ted Djuivestijn in one of his geothermally heated tomato greenhouses. (Credit: Djuivestijn Tomatoes)

And we also feature a sponsored article by The Nature Conservancy on how to catalyse a blue revolution in sustainable seafood supply.

This month also marks an exciting new path for the magazine as we move from a subscription-only model to one where we can bring our content to a much wider audience as free to view. While our video recordings will still sit behind a paid-for firewall, the monthly magazine and online articles will be accessible to all.

We are doing this through a mixture of supported content, such as the opening article, supported by WBCSD, and sponsored content, such as the article by The Nature Conservancy, with which Ethical Corporation now has a partnership spanning editorial content and events.

The magazine is proud of its reputation for rigorous independent journalism, built up over nearly 18 years, and made possible by our subscribers. We pledge to preserve this, while bringing our journalism to much bigger audiences, under the new funding model by being transparent about how companies are backing our content.

Partnerships are the way forward for sustainable business, and Ethical Corporation is part of this.


Main photo by Yara International
regenerative agriculture  deforestation  biodiversity  climate change  Acquaculture 

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