The Environmental Footprint of Global Food Production

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Feeding humanity puts enormous environmental pressure on our planet. Most studies on this critical issue have addressed it piecemeal–one group of foods or one environmental pressure at a time. Dr. Halpern will share results from his lab’s recently published work compiling vast data on greenhouse gas emissions, freshwater use, habitat disturbance, and nutrient pollution generated by 99% of the total reported production of freshwater, marine, and terrestrial foods (crops, livestock, fisheries, and aquaculture). He’ll explain how they mapped these pressures to produce the first-ever global “footprint” of food production. This work provides new insight into decisions about which foods we choose to eat, and how we can influence policy towards more sustainable food production.

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Community West Bank Conference Room

445 Pine Avenue
Goleta CA 93117

Presented by:

Dr. Benjamin Halpern

National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS)


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