World Wildlife Fund, Jason Clay, Gardiner Lecture Series

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at some point what what the organization
realized is that if we don’t get where and how we produce food right we’re not
gonna have a planet if you just look at the numbers going forward by 2050 we’re
gonna have to produce as much food as we have in the last eight thousand years
that means we’re gonna have to basically double the amount of food that we have
today if business as usual continues we’ve come to believe as an organization
that anything we do around protecting biodiversity helpings endangered species
survive or even creating national parks or protected areas will all be undone if
we don’t figure out how to produce more food in better ways because that’s
that’s gonna be the biggest threat to biodiversity on the planet in
fact the the biggest threat is agricultural sprawl so extensive use of
landscapes to produce food rather than more intensive production of crops and
livestock systems we’ve got to figure out how to do that sustainably if we’re
gonna have nature left for our children our grandchildren we identified very
early on 15 commodities that were the biggest threats to the 35 most important
places on the planets and then we looked at which companies buy those and we
figured out that there’s about three to five hundred that buy each of those 15
but if you look at the names they start to all be the same
it’s Cargill it’s Walmart it’s you know PepsiCo etc and so then we realized
that a hundred companies actually buy 25 percent of all 15 and we could actually
work with a hundred companies that was our premise we could work with them to
help them drive their so they’re sourcing decisions towards more
sustainability and we all came together using science as our guide and agreed on
what the six or eight most most important impacts were for each of the
the commodities in question the world is changing very fast when it comes to
agriculture I was in Edmonton and Saskatoon
not maybe four years ago and at that point in 2000 they could grow in those
areas four crops in the year 2000 by the time I was there
in like 2013-2014 they could grow 22 and they’re now exporting five million
tonnes of pulses to India a group like World Wildlife Fund is never going to be
an agricultural organization we don’t have we don’t have the expertise around
soils around you know plant breeding animal husbandry etc that’s not our
skill set but we do see what’s happening around the world in a lot of places that
people care about and if we can bring these two skill sets together I think we
can figure out how to solve these problems faster

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