Ocean could provide over six times more food than it does today

By Emma Batha

LONDON, Nov 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The ocean could provide over six times more food than it does now with better management and more technological innovation, scientists said on Tuesday, adding that boosting cultivation of bivalves like mussels and clams could be especially beneficial.

They estimated the oceans could provide more than two thirds of the animal protein that U.N. food experts predict will be needed to feed the world in future. Fish currently accounts for about a fifth of animal protein consumed by humans.

UPDATE 1-Can global corporations meet 2020 no-deforestation pledge?

(Updates with fresh information & comment from Kellogg Co)

By Michael Taylor

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After becoming a target for high-profile campaigns against tropical forest loss by environmentalists, global household brands that buy and use palm oil agreed in 2010 to ensure their supplies did not contribute to deforestation within a decade.

The 400 members of the Paris-based Consumer Goods Forum said they would purchase only sustainably produced commodities including palm oil, soy, paper and pulp, and beef.

UPDATE 1-Brands urged to think bigger on saving forests as 2020 goal looms

(Updates paras 7 & 8 with fresh info on number of companies set to miss 2020 goal)

By Michael Taylor

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Green certification is not a silver bullet to end deforestation, leaving many global household brands struggling to meet pledges to halt forest-clearing linked to the production of palm oil and other ingredients by 2020, said a body grouping those firms.

FACTBOX-Can global corporations meet 2020 no-deforestation pledge?

By Michael Taylor

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After becoming a target for high-profile campaigns against tropical forest loss by environmentalists, global household brands that buy and use palm oil agreed in 2010 to ensure their supplies did not contribute to deforestation within a decade.

The 400 members of the Paris-based Consumer Goods Forum said they would purchase only sustainably produced commodities including palm oil, soy, paper and pulp, and beef.

From beer to beauty, sales of vegan products surging with UK consumers fuelling the rise

By Rosa Furneaux

LONDON, Oct 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From vegan burgers to vegan boots, the market for products using no animal products is surging, with climate-conscious consumers in Britain fuelling the global dash to cash in on a fast- expanding range of ethical merchandise.

With the 25th annual World Vegan Month starting on Nov. 1, Britain has overtaken Germany to become the nation with the highest number of new vegan food products launched in a year, according to market research firm Mintel.

Scientists question mass tree planting as climate change panacea

By Michael Taylor

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The potential for a global tree-planting drive to curb climate-change risks has been overestimated, scientists warned, flagging issues with maps and data used in a recent study and urging greater efforts to cut heat-trapping emissions by other means.

In July, researchers at the Crowther Lab, based at Swiss university ETH Zurich, published a study suggesting the best way to keep climate change in check would be to replant trees on destroyed forest areas the size of the United States.

EXPERT VIEWS-Changing incentives and policies crucial to end hunger and malnutrition

By Thin Lei Win

ROME, Oct 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Aid agencies, the United Nations and its member countries mark World Food Day on Wednesday in the shadow of a worsening hunger and malnutrition crisis fuelled by climate change, drawn-out conflicts and economic downturns.

Globally more than 2 billion people, or nearly one in four, lack access to "safe, nutritious and sufficient food", including 8% of Europe and North America's populace, putting their health at risk according to the latest U.N. figures.

Youth activists leave little room for climate inaction, world mayors say

By Umberto Bacchi

COPENHAGEN, Oct 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Young activists demonstrating across the world are driving cities to step up action on climate change, not least because politicians keep coming face-to-face with them while going about their business, mayors at a climate conference heard Friday.

As activists from Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg to "Extinction Rebellion" movement protesters take an increasingly visible stand on climate change, officials feel growing pressure to respond, mayors gathered in Copenhagen said.

CORRECTED-Ex-chef wants to sell U.S. on 'carbon-friendly' chickens

(Corrects details of timing in final par)

By Thin Lei Win

ROME, Oct 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With about 9 billion birds slaughtered every year, the United States eats more chicken than any other country, and its growing consumption of the meat is harming the environment.

Now former chef Matthew Wadiak is hoping to make raising chickens more environmentally friendly, with a new breed of "carbon-friendly" birds that live off food grown locally and sustainably.

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