Climate Smart Food Edit: Henry Dimbleby’s Ravenous, Supermarkets Deforestation…

Climate Smart Food Edit: Henry Dimbleby’s Ravenous, Supermarkets Deforestation…

Henry Dimbleby’s new book Ravenous, UK supermarkets linked to deforestation, the IPCC’s final warning, and much more…

… all in the Climate Smart Food Edit, our monthly newsletter on the latest climate and social impact food industry news so your business can stay ahead.

  • 🌲 UK supermarkets working with Cargill linked to deforestation

UK meat industry and supermarkets, including Tesco, have been linked to illegal deforestation in the Amazon.

 “Our investigation shows Tesco is a basket of problems for the Amazon,” said Gemma Hoskins, UK director at Mighty Earth.

“While the UK’s top retailer reaps massive profits, it continues to do business with known forest destroyers such as Cargill, adding fuel to the fire of Amazon deforestation, harming the health of local communities, and decimating wildlife and precious habitats.”

  • 📚 Henry Dimbleby, the author of the National Food Strategy, quits DEFRA and publishes a book 

Making headlines as he has stepped down from his government advisory role as lead non exec at DEFRA, citing frustrations on the government’s continued backtracking on policy interventions to tackle the obesity crisis.

His new book, Ravenous, hit the shelves to rave reviews: ‘a brilliant, readable guide on how to reverse our food, obesity and climate crisis’. Already having earned its place in the FT’s must-read books for 2023, this highly digestible translation of the ideas presented in the National Food Strategy recommendation is a must-read.

Breaking news is that Dimbleby is now reported to be working on a major new consumer campaign promoting the benefits of plant-based foods for the health of people and planet. Watch this space for more.

  • The IPCC issues a Final Warning  

The sixth synthesis report from the IPCC landed, shouting louder than ever for the need for urgent, scaled-up action to secure a livable future for coming generations.

Time is running out fast to defuse the ticking time bomb on climate change. Now is the moment for every enlightened individual and company to shout it from the rooftops – governments, businesses and food systems need to put the acceleration of a just net zero transition at the very top of the to-do list. No delay, no excuses.

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