Environmental impact


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  • Comments and Opinion |

    The expression ‘less but better’ is used to guide Western meat consumption towards sustainability. Its definition, however, lacks clarity and may push meat consumption further from sustainable practices. The research community needs to provide a more informed explanation to consumers of what is ‘less’ and what is ‘better’.

    • Kajsa Resare Sahlin
    • , Elin Röös
    •  & Line J. Gordon
    Nature Food 1, 520-522
  • News and Views |

    For the food system of China and its individual provinces to stay within downscaled planetary boundaries, sustainability strategies must combine demand, production, and redistribution interventions to meet targets for greenhouse gas emissions, water use, land use, and nutrient inputs.

    • Dana Boyer
    Nature Food 1, 533-534
  • News and Views |

    Big data from major online food ordering platforms can facilitate a richer understanding of the environmental impact of current food delivery packaging waste, and scenarios for more sustainable alternatives.

    • Katrin Molina-Besch
    Nature Food 1, 531-532
  • Comments and Opinion
    | Open Access

    COVID-19 pandemic movement restrictions as part of the control measures put in place by countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has implications on food security, as movement restrictions coincided with planting periods for most of the staple crops. The measures are affecting important staple crops in SSA, and are likely to exacerbate food security challenges in many countries. Achieving adequate food supply in SSA requires developing better policies and packages to confronting the challenge of reducing hunger post COVID-19 pandemic. The lessons learned after COVID-19 crisis will be very important for African countries to rethink their strategies and policies for sustainable economic growth, as COVID-19 many have significant impacts on all sectors of their economies.

    • Ayansina Ayanlade
    •  & Maren Radeny
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Analysing greenhouse gas emissions of an astronomical institute is a first step to reducing its environmental impact. Here, we break down the emissions of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg and propose measures for reductions.

    • Knud Jahnke
    • , Christian Fendt
    • , Morgan Fouesneau
    • , Iskren Georgiev
    • , Tom Herbst
    • , Melanie Kaasinen
    • , Diana Kossakowski
    • , Jan Rybizki
    • , Martin Schlecker
    • , Gregor Seidel
    • , Thomas Henning
    • , Laura Kreidberg
    •  & Hans-Walter Rix
    Nature Astronomy 4, 812-815