Nicoletta Batini, Editor, The Economics of Sustainable Food
Tune in as Brenda Sanders interviews Nicoletta Batini. Nicoletta is the author of the
book, The Economics of Sustainable Food. She works for the Independent Evaluation Office
of the International Monetary Fund and is a scholar of innovative monetary and
fiscal policy practices. She has become a leading expert in the design of macroeconomic strategies to deal with the climate change public health nexus, with a focus on land use and food systems. She has published extensively in all these fields. Prior to the IMF she was advisor of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee, a professor of economics at the University of Surrey and director of the International Economics and Policy Office of the Treasury of Italy. She has handled extensive consultancy roles internationally. She holds a PhD in international finance from the La Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and a PhD in monetary
economics from the University of Oxford.
Some key moments in this podcast:
[ 2:57… ] Nicoletta talks about the horrible impact that factory farming of animals has on the planet and describes the evolution of agriculture: “...for centuries agriculture remained a low productivity affair was dominated by small family business as more owned farms raising a diversified mix of crops and livestock but it all changed around 1950…”
[ 6:03… ] Here they discuss the impact of factory farming on climate chaos: “...even if we stop burning fossil fuels tomorrow… food emissions from the current food system would push us 2-3 times over our 1.5 celsius target by 2100 and it would make us basically miss our two celsius target…"
[ 27:36… ] Nicoletta explains that “the world is in transition from food abundance to food scarcity,” and this is something that most people don’t understand: “...most people think we have too much food, but that was probably true maybe 20-30 years ago. We had reserves, we had land set aside in various areas of the world that was used as a stabilizing mechanism of prices and trade balances. All those buffers have eroded in the last 20 years…”
[ 30:15… ] Nicoletta explains the concept of “the more we eat meat, the fewer people we can feed.”: “... if the whole world became vegan there would be plenty food to feed us all… we
could feed twice as many people as there are on the planet…”
[ 1:01:54… ] Nicoletta and Brenda discuss food loss and waste: “...what we do not eat may
be as important as what we eat and about a third (unfortunately) of all food that we produce is either lost during production or wasted by consumers…”
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Brenda Sanders is a vegan food justice activist who co-founded Thrive Baltimore, a community resource center that offers free classes, workshops, cooking demos and other programming that supports people in living a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle. She’s also executive director of Afro-Vegan Society, a nonprofit organization that provides resources to people in marginalized communities to assist them in transitioning to veganism, co-creator of Vegan SoulFest, an annual festival that celebrates culture and all aspects of vegan living and co-owner of The Greener Kitchen, a vegan deli and food distributor that produces plant-based foods that are both affordable and accessible. Brenda is also the host of Food & Justice, a weekly online video series and podcast that tackles issues of food access, environmental justice, health disparities, dietary racism, and other topics related to food and justice.
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