Deforestation is front and centre, here’s a round up, and some thoughts on the way forward

The Economist cover this week is titled “Deathwatch for the Amazon”. You may imagine what it says. For example: “In the tropics, which contain half of the world’s forest biomass, tree-cover loss has accelerated by two-thirds since 2015; if it were a country, the shrinkage would make the tropical rainforest the world’s third-biggest carbon-dioxide emitter,…

A new venture on sustainable wine

Good morning all. Over the last few years I’ve occasionally posted something on here from my sustainable wine blog, which probably was a bit niche for some of you. It’s been a fun journey learning about how sustainability has changed the wine sector over the last few years and hearing some of the leading winemakers…

Deforestation as finance climate risk – key stats and progress, of sorts

The Chain Reaction Research newsletter, published by Climate Advisors, recently highlighted deforestation as a financial risk. Their recent note makes for interesting and useful reading: The Chain: Deforestation as a Climate Risk for Investors Here’s a few choice excerpts which include some helpful framing numbers: “Approximately 70 percent of deforestation is connected to agricultural commodity…

Another example of the trade offs we face in finding sustainability

The New York Times reports that: Citrus Farmers Facing Deadly Bacteria Turn to Antibiotics, Alarming Health Officials In its decision to approve two drugs for orange and grapefruit trees, the E.P.A. largely ignored objections from the C.D.C. and the F.D.A., which fear that expanding their use in cash crops could fuel antibiotic resistance in humans….

Sustainable socks, and other insights from brands, innovators and experts

We’ve shifted over to our new website at Innovation Forum. It’s much easier to find your way around now. Check it out here. Now, you can browse and listen/read by a number of categories. For example: If you want to delve into some business innovation analysis, go here. But if its brand and other expert…

Is sustainable intensification a myth or an inevitability?

This is a key question for the future of food, some materials and even some fuels. According to at least one academic journal, the term is ill-defined, and lacks accepted guidelines. The recent Sainsbury’s funded report, on the future of food, quoted in the Guardian, claims that: “Jellyfish suppers washed down with algae milk and…

Sustainable agriculture: Only farmers can change farming

There’s no substitute to working closely with farmers on-the-ground for real and effective transformation in agriculture, argues Chris Wille Many well-intended companies will not meet their 2020 zero-deforestation targets. The cattle agreement and soy moratorium in Brazil, which were already porous, may be upended by the election of Jair Balsonaro. The Cerrado manifesto likely will…

Innovation Forum’s recent sustainable apparel and textiles conference, a few key points

After our recent modern slavery conference in London, I and the team decamped to Amsterdam last week for our sustainable apparel and textiles conference at the Planetarium. It’s a lovely venue. It’s not often you speak on a conference session and a heron flies past the window, as Alison Ward from Cotton Connect, who sponsored the…

Our 2019 meeting agenda: Human rights, apparel, the future of food, positive impact measurement, biofuels, plastics and commodities

Here’s some of the upcoming meetings we at Innovation Forum have put together April – November 2019. We’ve got a couple more in the pipeline and I’ll post about those soon. How business can tackle modern slavery and forced labour – 2-3 April – London Sustainable Apparel and Textiles Conference – 9-10 April 2019 –…

Are biofuels a sustainable – and scalable – solution?

Innovation Forum would like to invite you to take part in our discussion-based webinar: Are biofuels a sustainable – and scalable – solution? Join us for an hour of interactive discussion with United Airlines, SkyNRG, WBCSD and IINAS on how businesses are taking steps to mitigate their carbon footprint using biofuels. Sign up here: https://bit.ly/2TOyJFo…

If anyone asks you “why bother with forests?”, then show them this

I saw this excellent piece when it came out a few months back, and then forgot to mention it on the blog, as I should have. The stats and facts here were debated at our Sustainable Landscapes conference in early November in London, of course. But it’s worth putting this here on the blog, for…

Why climate resilient crops must be the future

From the recent Innovation Forum newsletter, written and edited by professional writers and editors with long experience in sustainability.  There is huge potential value in transforming agriculture production, but more companies need to start developing climate-resilience now The recent EAT-Lancet review of the global food system has been widely welcomed. By connecting, for the first…

Some festive reading and listening, from wine sustainability, to deforestation, plastics and modern slavery

I know I know, it’s the festive season, so who wants to get bogged down with serious sustainability stuff? But I know many of you, like me, get bored of less important things after a few days rest, and want to read more about our favourite subject, how to make the world (more) sustainable. So…

Some thoughts after our recent sustainable landscapes conference (now updated)

A couple of weeks ago we held our first sustainable landscapes conference in London. It was a combination of conferences and a culmination of four years work in some ways. We merged our smallholders, deforestation and elements of our agriculture conferences together and somehow it worked. Huge thanks to our many sponsors and supporters of…

Can Bordeaux become a sustainable landscape for viticulture and winemaking?

Can Bordeaux become a sustainable landscape for viticulture and winemaking? One top CEO thinks it can. Here’s an exclusive interview on my wine blog: http://sustainablewineblog.com/2018/10/30/thomas-duroux-ceo-chateau-palmer-on-making-bordeaux-sustainable/