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589. Earth Overshoot Day 2022

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Yesterday, July 28, was Earth Overshoot Day 2022. Last year it was August 2, five days earlier. 

Earth Overshoot Day is defined as the day when human demand for ecosystem resources and services exceeds the Earth's ability to regenerate and supply them in a given year. Earth Overshoot Day is organized and reported by the Global Footprint Network, a non-profit international think tank.

The Global Footprint Network calls the attention of companies, cities and countries to the fact that we are now facing climate change and biological resource constraints. The Power of Possibility platform highlights many ways we can improve our resource security in five key areas, namely, healthy planet, cities, energy, food and population.

Regarding food, the two major issues when addressing food sufficiency, malnutrition, and hunger (SDG 2) are eliminating resource inefficiency in food production, and preventing food loss and waste which is estimated to amount to 1.3 billion tons, or one-third of all food produced for human consumption. In addition, a shift to plant-based foods and the adoption of agroecological and environmentally regenerative production practices are also proposed.

On the other hand, the consumption and production of food in the world is extremely diverse, and any solution to global health issues through food must respect this diversity. The event scheduled for next week, August 5, will discuss the possibility of environmentally regenerative agriculture in Africa. We hope you will join us.

Healthy Soils for Food Security in Africa - Potential of Regenerative Agriculture
Date:5 August 2022 (Fri) 19:30 ~ 22:15 (JST)
Organizer:Sasakawa Africa Association

Japanese HP:  https://www.jircas.go.jp/ja/event/2022/e20220805 
English HP: https://www.jircas.go.jp/en/event/2022/e20220805 


Contributor: IIYAMA Miyuki (Director, Information Program)


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