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22/06/2014 Biodiversity: more than just a sum Jenny Calabrese - Professor at IAM Bari, Italy They are sometimes called "emergent properties", they appear when a sum of components ends up in returning something that is more than a sum. Biodiversity is not only a sum of parts, it is something more and gives back stability of the ecosystem. A sufficient biodiversity returns a planet we can live on.Read More
A stable ecosystem needs biodiversity at its base They are sometimes called "emergent properties", they appear when a sum of components ends up in returning something that is more than a sum. Biodiversity is not only a sum of parts, it is something more and gives back stability of the ecosystem. A sufficient biodiversity returns a planet we can live on.

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Jul 1st
MAES - Mapping and Assessment of the Ecosystems and their Services The European Commission, under the Action 5 of the European Biodiversity Strategy, promoted a high level conference in Brussels about MAES in May 2014. Read More In May 2014 the European Commission, under the Action 5 of the European Biodiversity Strategy, promoted a high level conference about MAES. Deeply connected with human well-being, the ecosystem services are not always adequately considered by Institutions and policy makers. Their mapping is the needed starting point for correct management. "MAES is designed to fill that gap. It should help us make intelligent decisions about actions that affect biodiversity." stated the European Commissioner for Environment Janez Poto─Źnik. from the web:MAES conference in May 2014

Jul 8th
Platform for agrobiodiversity research The Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research wants to support the development of agrobiodiversity knowledge base, making available tools and good practices. Read More PAR, based in Rome - Italy, supports the development of agrobiodiversity knowledge base through synthesizing and disseminating agrobiodiversity research. The organization aim is to help identifying ways in which agrobiodiversity can contribute to manage some of the global challenges faced today, by delivering the information and options related to agrobiodiversity in these areas, also identifying topics where information is lacking and new research is needed. Their interest is also in facilitating research partnerships involving multidisciplinary and participatory agrobiodiversity research dealing with agro-ecosystem components such as livestock, crops, soils and pollinators. from the web:Agrobiodiversityplatform website

Feb 10th
Changing the way we eat The March 1st, 2014 conference in New York gives a milestone about sustainable food and sustainable farming in developed Countries. Read More On March 1, TEDxManhattan, "Changing the Way We Eat" (www.tedxmanhattan.org) will feature a dynamic group of speakers addressing issues in sustainable food and farming. As in the past 3 years, TEDxManhattan will promote innovative work being done by groups large and small, for-profit and nonprofit, from around the country. Speakers include Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio, LAUSD Director David Binkle, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, and many others. The event will be webcast worldwide live from New York City 10:30am-6:30pm EST. Rather than watch the webcast alone at your computer, host a viewing party; invite friends over so you can join the discussion. from the web:The TEDxManhattan website

Jan 10th
What-if you are going to have meatless Mondays? Founded in 2003 the "Meatless Monday" movement is both environmentally sensitive and healthy. Present in 29 Countries, promotes the reduction of meat consumption, sharing infos and toolkits to spread the word. Read More Founded in 2003 the "Meatless Monday" movement is both environmentally sensitive and healthy. It is currently present in 29 national affiliated groups, ranging from U.K. to Korea. Launched in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in the U.S., in 2009 Ghent, in Belgium, became the first non-U.S. city to have meatless Mondays. Shortly thereafter, Paul McCartney introduced the U.K. to Meat-Free Mondays. Every nation can bring its unique culture and cuisine to the table in meat free and vegetarian dishes. Skipping meat one day a week is good for you, great for your nation's health, and fantastic for the planet. from the web:The Meatless Mondays movement website

Jan 4th
How much meat do we eat? If half a kilogram per week is the recommended intake of meat, it is easy to calculate that it would make less than 30kgs per year. What is the average in your Country? Read More Several diseases are related with diets, and a general improvement in life quality and environmental sustainability would come from a change in food habits in populations. An intake of less than 30kgs of meat per year (any kind of raw or processed meat) is the recommended max amount, while most developed Countries are three - four times that. The deriving costs in terms of environmental depletion and healthcare are unaffordable. from the web:The interactive map with meat consumption