Blog

04 May 2022

Study seeks to guide investors to mitigation opportunities in forests and agriculture

There is an urgent need to identify financing strategies for nature-positive investment opportunities.
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.
23 December 2020

Sustainable beef making debut on Colombian supermarket shelves

Grupo Éxito - Colombia's largest retailer - has taken a major step toward implementing the Colombian cattle sector's zero-deforestation agreements by offering GANSO-guaranteed sustainable beef in select supermarkets this month. Much work remains to be done to mainstream sustainable catlle management - but the pathway toward zero-deforestation commodity production in Colombia is in sight.
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.
01 April 2020

Science, corona and climate change

The corona crisis put science in the spotlight. In the current situation, politicians turn to epidemiologists and virologists for advice – they have quickly advanced to become some of the most trusted persons in public life. This crisis provides us an opportunity to raise the profile of scientists defending other public goods, most notably a stable climate.
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.
20 March 2020

Food for thought

Since Mid-March our team is working from home. The corona crisis gives us ample food for thought and time to reflect on our current situation. We have decided to share some of our reflections – related to the situation, our work, and climate change – on this blog. The first post deals with the impulse of hoarding food and explains why this is unnecessary and unsustainable.