THEME

Food Systems

For humans to thrive, our Food Systems must thrive.

ESRAG Food Waste

WHAT IS IT?

Food Systems at ESRAG

Food is our direct connection to the earth, whether it comes from the land or the oceans and rivers. Currently, 1 of every 8 human beings are starving and 25-30% are food-insecure, but a staggering one quarter to one third of global food production goes to waste, needlessly increasing food insecurity and causing 8-10% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. If food waste were a country, it would be the third worst emitter of greenhouse gas emissions of all the nations in the world. Sustainable farming and reducing food waste will have enormous impact both in slowing global warming and increasing world food security. ESRAG is ready to equip your Club with practical strategies to build sustainable food systems. By doing so, you’ll contribute to three UN Sustainable Development Goals: # 2, Zero Hunger; # 12, Responsible Consumption and Production, and #13, Climate Action. The UN has set a goal of reducing global food waste 50% by 2030.

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Rotary Pre-COP28 Webinar, 7 Oct at 3:00 pm UTC

Rotary Pre-COP28 Webinar, 7 Oct at 3:00 pm UTC

ESRAG just learned that there will be a webinar about Rotary's role at COP 28.  For information on speakers, topics and to register, please go to the website for the Rotary Clubs of the United Arab Emirates, rotary.ae/events/pre-cop-28-webinar. Here is some of the...

How Our Diet Feeds Pollution

ESRAG’s Plant-Rich Diet Task Force links you to data on how our diet feeds pollution. You can contribute to better water quality by choosing to eat less meat!

Take Action for Food Systems

Rotarians are catalyzing solutions at every stage of the food system where waste and emissions are generated: production, distribution, and disposal. Clubs are teaching regenerative agriculture to increase carbon sequestration in soil, cut farmers’ costs for fertilizer, and reduce agricultural runoff that causes algal blooms in our drinking water supplies. Healthy soil sequesters three times as much carbon as plants.

Food Waste

Become a food steward. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save resources, save food.

Lunch out of Landfills

Successfully diverting 40 to 60% of landfill designated waste by providing containers for liquids, organics, recycling and trash.

Plant Rich Diet

The Plant-Rich Diet Task Force exists to educate Rotarians and the general public
on the benefits of Plant-Rich Diets to…

FOOD SYSTEMS IMPACT

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“It’s clear that agriculture, done right, is the best means
the world has today to simultaneously tackle food security,
poverty and environmental degradation.”
— Irene Rosenfeld

 

In areas of devastating deforestation and soil erosion like East Africa, Rotarians are incentivizing farmers to plant food-producing trees. These projects rebuild soil and water tables, and generate ongoing revenue for participating families. ESRAG’s Plant-Rich Diet Task Force gives Clubs the resources to promote diet choices that reduce the amount of water needed for farming, prevents deforestation, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions including methane. Clubs are also organizing the recovery and safe redistribution of usable food in partnership with producers, restaurants, and food banks. Rotarians are learning to promote community composting to sequester carbon and improve soils. Lunch out of Landfills is an example of a fast-spreading Rotary program which inspires and equips students to take hugely effective action on both climate and food security.

Are you passionate about agriculture and food? Do you want to play a role in helping ?

Would you like to play a role in helping support and develop projects that create more sustainable Food Systems that create stronger foundations for local communities and wider society?

Then join with us to build out ‘Food Security’ as one of ESRAG’s key objectives.

 

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Featured Events

ESRAG Seminar: WASH Rotary Action Group
Speaker: K. Neil Van Dine
Topic: WASH Rotary Action Group links water and sanitation to improved hygiene, better health, and empowerment of the community.
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Clean Energy Transition
Speaker: Dr. Fatih Birol and Pat Merryweather-Arges
Topic: Clean Energy Transition: The Climate Landscape and Momentum of Clean Energy
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ESRAG Seminar: Increasing Coastal Ecosystem Biodiversity
Speaker: Tom Goreau
Topic: Increasing coastal ecosystem biodiversity, carbon storage, and ecosystem services with low voltage electrical fields.
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Oceania Workshop
Speaker: Dr Pat Armstrong and Clare Caulfield
Topic: Integrating the environment and climate into club planning
(GMT+10:00) Australia Eastern Time(Sydney,Melbourne,Guam)
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ESRAG Seminar: How AI is helping prevent fires
Speaker: Dave Rice
Topic: How AI is helping prevent fires and promote sustainability
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ESRAG Seminar: Trash ‘N’ Fashion Show Costa Rica
Speaker: Joshua Fabricio Céspedes Campos
Topic: Sustainable fashion with recycled garments, which raises awareness about the importance of preserving the environment
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Plastic Cafe
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Oceania Monthly Meeting
Speaker: Dr Libby Skeels
Topic: Psychology for a safe climate - dealing with climate anxiety
(GMT+10:00) Australia Eastern Time(Sydney,Melbourne,Guam)
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