Food & Agriculture
Food, agriculture and the climate crisis are inextricably linked. In fact agriculture reportedly represents a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and is the leading cause of deforestation around the world. Evidently things can’t go on like this, but the world also needs to eat. So what’s the answer?
Realistically what’s needed is a combination of approaches including changes to our diet, food waste reduction and a move to less intensive farming. Yet a growing population and a steep increase in meat consumption (among other things) complicates things.
Fortunately there are organisations and forward thinking farmers out there fighting for positive change in the form of regenerative agriculture, sustainable fishing and the development of ‘cultivated meat’. As consumers we have an opportunity to support this movement through the food we buy. But we can also fast-forward progress by financially getting behind the organisations leading the way in sustainable food production.
2 Selected Charities
Tythe supports these Food & Agriculture charities, selected by analysts at Giving is Great because of their high impact.
Modern food production and farming has a monumental part to play in the worsening climate crisis. But it also has the potential to reverse climate change, transform the health of our people and our planet. The Sustainable Food Trust has been shouting about this since 2011 and as a result have made strides towards creating a fairer, more sustainable food system.
Until recently, organic farming, regenerative agriculture and the concept of soil health were considered fairly ‘out-there’. But thanks in part to the Sustainable Food Trust, these ideas are gaining momentum. Through global education projects, campaigns and scientific reports, SFT have been able to promote positive practices such as the use of local abattoirs, restoring soil health and ‘true cost accounting’ which looks at the hidden costs (not just monetary costs) of food production.
Why we think they’re great
We’re really behind SFT’s belief that policymakers and businesses will be empowered to act when there is sufficient pressure from informed public opinion. That’s why they take a multi-pronged approach, not only targeting senior policymakers, but also working with consumer groups and individuals to influence the status quo.
The Good Food Institute (GFI) is a nonprofit think tank working to make the global food system better for the planet, people, and animals. Alongside scientists, businesses, and policymakers, GFI’s teams focus on making plant-based and cultivated meat delicious, affordable, and accessible. Powered by donations, GFI is an international network of organisations advancing alternative proteins as an essential solution needed to meet the world’s climate, global health, food security, and biodiversity goals.
Why we think they’re great
When compared to conventional meat, alternative proteins dramatically reduce emissions, require far less land, eliminate the need for antibiotics in our food system, and feed more people with fewer resources. Given that taste and price determine what most people eat, GFI works around the world to make alternative proteins as delicious, affordable, and accessible as conventional meat. GFI is uniquely positioned to accelerate alternative proteins by catalysing and growing the entire field, creating a world where alternative proteins are no longer alternative.
Other selected charities:
- Reimagining CarbonCurated by Giving is Great2 charities
If we want to sustain life on this planet we need to cut our carbon emissions, while also dealing with the excess of carbon in our atmosphere already wreaking havoc on our climate. Science is leading the way in this field and there are some exciting innovations.
- Marine ConservationCurated by Giving is Great2 charities
The ocean is a total powerhouse when it comes to regulating the Earth’s climate, yet human actions have wreaked havoc on marine ecosystems. In order to rebalance our planet, we must protect our oceans and revolutionise the way we fish, the world over.
- Forest ConservationCurated by Giving is Great2 charities
Forests are astonishing places. Not only are they important habitats for millions of species, but they also play a crucial role in mitigating the effects of climate change. We must invest in worldwide conservation projects dedicated to preserving them.
- Climate-Resilient CommunitiesCurated by Giving is Great2 charities
Poverty and climate change are cruelly interlinked and this is especially true when you look at access to clean energy and water. Projects that champion clean energy solutions and which work to create climate-resilient communities are an integral part of the fight to save our planet.
- Food & AgricultureCurated by Giving is Great2 charities
Food, agriculture and the climate crisis are inextricably linked. Fortunately there are sustainable food organisations and forward thinking farmers out there fighting for positive change. These are the people we need to get behind.
- Education & AdvocacyCurated by Giving is Great2 charities
Don’t underestimate the power of a well informed public - this puts pressure on governments and businesses, and that drives change. These organisations are enabling systemic change among the mainstream by educating and challenging the status quo.
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