How do the ways that the world grows its food affect the environmental systems that regulate the stability and resilience of the Earth system, our global commons?
As we push these systems to their limits, how can major shifts in agriculture help bring them back from the brink?
The Global Environment Facility and International Union for Conservation of Nature hosted a side event at the Thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD CoP13) in Cancun, Mexico, to discuss options for radically transforming our food system to protect our planet and produce enough nutritious food for all.
After an introduction from Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of the GEF, IUCN Director General Inger Andersen presented outcomes from the Our Global Commons event in Washington DC as they relate to agriculture and food production. Andersen then moderated a panel comprised of representatives from business, government, civil society and academia including Ms Ishii, Pablo Lomeli, Industry Affairs, Social Responsibility & Sustainability Manager, Monsanto Latin America North, Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, VP, Conservation International, Costa Rica and former Minister of Environment of Costa Rica, and Alexander Mueller, TEEB Agri-Food Study Leader.