Failing to achieve a global transition to sustainable food systems presents an existential threat to society directly in the form of lost food security and food poverty; financial markets via heightened equity, bond and credit risk; and governments needing to replace not only lost food production but related earnings.
Short-term acute shocks of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted many vulnerabilities of a ‘just-in-time’ food production and distribution model, while longer term systemic shocks are being exacerbated by climate change, water stress, exceeded planetary boundaries, ongoing globalisation, and heightening political instability.
Brazil is a country at particular risk of reaching tipping points due to deforestation of the Amazon, which has global as well as national implications.
This webinar by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the think tank Planet Tracker will assess the potential for Brazil to provide healthy diets for its people while preserving its natural capital and retaining its agricultural export leadership.
- Nick Robins, co-founder of Planet Tracker and Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance at the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics
- Matt McLuckie, Director of External Relations, Head of Food and Land Use Programme, Planet Tracker