Posts Tagged ‘food system’
Source: Fast Co.DESIGN
From the article ‘This is what our grocery shelves would look like without bees‘ by Sam Medina:
Last winter’s so-called Beepocalypse ravaged U.S. bee colonies like nothing that had come before. The country’s beekeepers reported that 31.1% of their colonies perished in the months spanning last fall through early 2013. The number of bee casualties in that period–twice that considered natural–is in keeping with rising honeybee mortality rates of the last six years. Scarier still, scientists aren’t exactly sure as to the cause for the degrading health of bee populations–something that should give you great cause for concern. After all, without bees, you can kiss your favorite fruits and nuts goodbye. Now, if you can manage it, imagine life without apples, mangoes, or almonds.
Well, you don’t have to. Earlier this week, a Whole Foods store in Providence, Rhode Island, temporarily removed all of its produce that is grown with the help of pollinators like bees. It then posted the photographic results online, in which whole parts of the fruit and vegetable department are seen to be completely barren. You can almost spot the tumbleweed. In a press release, Whole Foods says the stunt was part of the “Share the Buzz” campaign, a joint project with The Xerces Society that seeks to “raise awareness” about the importance of bees (honeybees in particular) to the health and vibrancy of our food system. Bees are the unsung heroes behind most of the world’s produce supply, and along with other pollinators like bats and birds, they are integral to growing and sustaining at least a third of its crop production.
Or as Whole Foods puts it: One of every three bites of food comes from plants pollinated by honeybees and other pollinators. Yet, major declines in bee populations threaten the availability of many fresh ingredients consumers rely on for their dinner tables. In total, the Providence store pulled 237 of 453 products off their shelves, amounting to just over half of the shop’s entire yield for the department. The variety of the ghost produce is astounding: Apples, avocados, carrots, citrus fruits, green onions, broccoli, kale, onions, and more would be obsolete or very expensive to grow without flourishing bee colonies.
Whole Foods says that consumers should be mindful of these facts and be proactive with, here it comes, their purchasing choices.
- Bee organic: Buying organic is an easy way to support pollinators.
- Bee savvy at home: Most pest problems can be solved without toxic and persistent pesticides.
- Bee a gardener: Plant bee-friendly flowers and fruits.
>>> You can read the original article on Fast Co.DESIGN.
>>> You can learn more about ‘share the buzz‘ from Whole Foods.
Photo via FoodTank
The magnificent crew over at FoodTank have put together a rather special list:
“TED is a non-profit devoted to “ideas worth spreading”, and you can find literally thousands of free -inspiring and awesome- talks from experts and innovators around the world. We’ve decided to highlight 24 TED talks specifically around food issues that we found compelling and worth sharing. Please check out and watch as many of these as you can. And, most importantly, share this with 24 friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers who might be open to watching a few of these insightful talks – and learning more about the food system.”
- Roger Thurow: The Hungry Farmer – My Moment of Great Disruption
- Mark Bittman: What’s Wrong with What We Eat
- Anna Lappe: Marketing Food to Children
- Ellen Gustafson: Obesity + Hunger = 1 Global Food Issue
- Tristram Stuart: The Global Food Waste Scandal
- Brian Halweil: From New York to Africa: Why Food Is Saving the World
- Fred Kaufman: The Measure of All Things
- LaDonna Redman: Food + Justice = Democracy
- Jose Andres: Creativity in Cooking Can Solve Our Biggest Challenges
- Jamie Oliver’s TED Prize Wish: Teach Every Child About Food
- Dan Barber: How I Fell in Love with a Fish
- Carolyn Steel: How Food Shapes Our Cities
- Ann Cooper: Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children
- Ron Finley: A Guerrilla Gardener in South Central L.A.
- Tama Matsuoka Wong: How I Did Less and Ate Better, Thanks to Weeds
- Stephen Ritz: Green Bronx Machine: Growing Our Way Into a New Economy
- Angela Morelli: The Global Water Footprint of Humanity
- Birke Baehr: What’s Wrong With Our Food System
- Graham Hill: Why I’m a Weekday Vegetarian
- Joel Salatin: Thinking About Soil
- Roger Doiron: A Subversive Plot
- Britta Riley: A Garden in My Apartment
- Arthur Potts Dawson: A Vision for Sustainable Restaurants
- Ken Cook: Turning the Farm Bill into the Food Bill
>> Go to the FoodTank website to follow up on any or all of these talks.