This week: Introducing Indigenous branded beef products, the Indian state that banned pesticides, down-to-earth policy improving soil health and new research asks what is the best way to reduce food’s environmental impacts?

Australia

Macquarie Harbour farmed salmon die from disease
The Australian
About 1.38 million farmed salmon have died – mostly from disease – in Tasmania’s Macquarie Harbour, as the regulator orders a 20 per cent cut to fish stocks in response to environmental damage.

Thalanyji Pastoral Company bridges the gap with beef business
ABC Rural
The Buurabalayji Thalanyji Aboriginal Corporation is establishing its own beef brand and supply chain to directly benefit indigenous communities in WA.

Global and Australian food companies failing to deal with climate, health issues
Renew Economy
A new study analysing a $300 billion group of the world’s largest food companies has revealed that a vast majority are deemed “high risk” and are failing to manage critical risks such as greenhouse gas emissions and antibiotics.

How to eat your way to happiness
This.
Studies from Deakin University show that people consuming food and drinks high in sugar and sodium are more likely to develop mental health conditions such as depression. Diets higher in plant foods, healthy forms of protein and fats are consistently associated with better mental health outcomes.

Abroad

SF Soda Tax Providing $10M Annually For Programs
California News Wire
San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell and Supervisor Malia Cohen announced Monday that the city will use $10 million of soda tax revenue annually to address health inequalities for the city’s low-income residents.

Europe’s Neonic Ban is a Big Step—But it Won’t Be a Cure-all for Bees
Civil Eats
The new ban restricts the use of three major pesticides that harm bees and other pollinators, but some scientists say it could lead to farmers using other types in increased quantities.

An Indian state banned pesticides. Tourism and wildlife flourished. Will others follow?
The Washington Post
Fifteen years ago, the tiny Indian state of Sikkim launched a radical experiment: Its leaders decided to phase out pesticides on every farm in the state, a move without precedent in India — and probably the world.

Down-to-earth policy: Improving soil health
Sustainable Food Trust
Unprecedented policy and soil data developments are helping to fill critical gaps in soil governance worldwide. However, concrete action and strong leadership are still needed to guarantee healthy soils for a food-secure future.

New Research: The highly variable and skewed environmental impacts across food supply chain
Science
Given the heterogeneity of producers, what is the best way to reduce food’s environmental impacts? Researchers analysed the multiple environmental impacts of 38,000 farms producing 40 different agricultural goods around the world and found the environmental cost of producing the same goods can be highly variable.

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