Your Dinner Plate & the Planet’s Fate: What’s the Connection?
Do you know where your food comes from? How does what you eat have consequences for ecosystems, habitats, water supply, wildlife and more? Where and how we produce food has the biggest impact on conservation of any human activity. And with a growing population and global income influencing how much and what type of food we consume, there has never been more at stake. That’s the focus of this webinar with Jason Clay, who leads WWF’s efforts to promote environmentally sensitive practices in agriculture and aquaculture. Jason brings together governments, foundations, researchers, NGOs and private companies to address problems at a global level. His recent work has helped identify and reduce the social and environmental impacts of such products as salmon, soy, sugarcane, cotton and palm oil. His roots run close to his work: he grew up on a farm in Missouri and was running it by the age of 15. He studied anthropology and international agriculture at Harvard and Cornell universities, earned a PhD, worked at the USDA, and helped create Ben & Jerry’s Rainforest Crunch ice cream after he met Ben Cohen at a fundraiser featuring the Grateful Dead (and he helped launch more than 200 other products using sustainably sourced rainforest ingredients). He is National Geographic's first-ever Food and Sustainability Fellow. He also won a James Beard Award for his work on global food sustainability.
Originally presented March 22, 2021
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