“Ethical Markets recommends WRI’s useful overview of global food challenges and possible ways to address todays multiple crises, see below.
Overlooked is a needed focus on the basic unsustainability of today’s global food system still teetering perilously on the planet’s dwindling less than 3% of freshwater.
Thus, there is no recognition of the need to cultivate more of the planet’s salt-loving (halophyte ) plant foods, many of which contain all amino acids and correct profile of mineral nutrients for human health. Furthermore, halophytes already thrive in 22 countries without pesticides, fertilizers and help restore brackish and saltwater. Their long roots capture ambient CO2 as efficiently as forests, but much faster, and new halophytes are ready for global markets beyond the success of quinoa, particularly Salicornia, the subject of a scientific seminar at Arizona state University, March 5-7,2020, in which Ethical Markets participated with my presentation, based on our Green Transition Scoreboard® report “Transitioning to Science-Based Investing, (2019-2020). (see www.ethicalmarkets.com and our page “Halophytes” and our TV program “Investing in Saltwater Agriculture”, with NASA Chief Scientist Bushnell).
~Hazel Henderson, Editor“
Before the current crisis, an estimated 820 million people went to bed hungry each night. Now an additional 265 million people face the threat of starvation by the end of 2020 due to drought and the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. A Food and Land Use Coalition call to action signed by WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer and dozens of other leaders names three ways to avert a humanitarian crisis. Step one: keep the supply of food flowing across the world. Read More.
The impact of COVID-19 greatly affects food and nutrition security. As we build back better, we must also “grow back better” to improve food and land use systems. Photo credit to Masahiro Ihara/Flickr