Blog

16 February 2021

Trees alone don’t make a forest – the nonfungible role of fungi

A forests is more than the sum of its individual parts. Learning about mycorrhizal fungi reminds us there is more to forests than meets the eye, and we are still learning about their complexity. Looking at what is happening below the surface of forests is a refreshing, and necessary, shift in perspective that can help us move away from a narrow, essentialist perspective to a broader, more encompassing view.
01 August 2020

Towards better beans and a more sustainable cocoa sector

If you’ve had a piece of chocolate recently, there is a good chance the cocoa was grown in West Africa. The region produces over 80 percent of the world’s cocoa, which is farmed by nearly 2 million smallholders, who are living in extreme poverty. Our research showed, that improving their livelihoods (e.g. access to clean water, clinics, food security) is essential to addressing sustainability concerns.
27 May 2020

Working through wicked problems: Coronavirus and implications for the future

“Wicked problems”, such as climate change or the Covid-19 pandemic, are the most complex challenges our societies face. Despite there being no single solution to such problems, it is clear that we need a total systems change and societal transformation or else the domino effects and feedback loops of wicked problems will perpetuate.
21 May 2020

The Amazon is still on fire amid Covid-19 increased pressure

Following a recent initial blog article on the impact of Covid-19 on global meat supply chains, it is becoming increasingly clear, that coronavirus impacts on the global economy and food supply chains are adding up critical pressure on the Amazon. The current pandemic is focusing all public attention and shadows the existing risks for the Amazon forest.
23 March 2020

The impact of the coronavirus on global meat supply chains

Meat and livestock futures markets are reaching a ten-year low due to concerns that the coronavirus may impact demand. It is too early for conclusive evidence, but this should signal the need to cut the volumes of meat supplied to the main consumer markets. However, it remains unknown how much demand will drop, and whether that reduction will last, leading to a long-term reduction in pressure on tropical forests.