The new “Cool Food Meals” badge identifies dishes with a lower carbon footprint, in line with what WRI research finds is needed by 2030 to meet the Paris Agreement on climate change. Now, just as consumers can make decisions based on nutritional information, they can also decide what to eat based on the climate impact of a dish.
This paper establishes the collective baseline of Cool Food members’ food purchases and associated GHG emissions, as well as their shared 25 percent GHG emissions reduction target. If members met the target, their actions would reduce emissions by more than 1,071,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year by 2030 relative to the baseline, equivalent to avoiding the annual tailpipe emissions from more than 230,000 passenger vehicles.
This technical note outlines the methods used by World Resources Institute (WRI) to identify a set of Cool Food Meals on a food provider’s menu.
This playbook details 23 behavior change strategies to help food service companies support diners in choosing more sustainable, plant-rich dishes when shopping or dining out – action that’s important for meeting global emissions goals and achieving the Paris Agreement on climate change.
The Cool Food Pledge is a global initiative that helps food providers sell delicious dishes with smaller climate footprints. This technical note, and the accompanying Cool Food Calculator, help Cool Food Pledge signatories and other food providers set targets and track climate impacts over time.
More and more fast food restaurants are adding plant-based meals to menus. Behavioral science research reveals five quick, low-cost tips to boost sales.
By 2050, nearly 10 billion people will live on the planet. Can we produce enough food sustainably? World Resources Report: Creating a Sustainable Food Future shows that it is possible – but there is no silver bullet. This report offers a five-course menu of solutions to ensure we can feed everyone without increasing emissions, fueling deforestation or exacerbating poverty. Intensive research and modeling examining the nexus of the food system, economic development, and the environment show why each of the 22 items on the menu is important and quantifies how far each solution can get us.
How can the world feed nearly 10 billion people by 2050 while also advancing economic development, protecting forests and stabilizing the climate? Technological innovations like plant-based "beef" and low-emissions rice can help.
Follow this recipe: With the world’s population expected to reach nearly 10 billion by 2050, a major new report shows the global food system must undergo urgent change to ensure there is adequate food for everyone without destroying the planet.
While the average person drinks 2 to 4 liters of water a day, it requires an astonishing 2,000 to 5,000 liters of water to produce the food that the average person eats each day! Here are five ways companies, farmers and consumers can lessen the food system’s impact on water.
Join WRI for a free 60-minute webinar exploring what the research says about beef's impact on climate change. Our experts will walk through key questions, and conclude with an audience Q&A.
Daniel Vennard, director of the Better Buying Lab in WRI's Food Program, discusses the link between his work and social marketing, how your brain models taste while you're ordering and why "vegetarian" and "vegan" might not be the language that shifts the majority of the population to more sustainable diets.
Better Buying Lab Director Daniel Vennard and Senior Research Associate Jonathan Wise will share their initial learnings on what works and doesn’t when it comes to describing plant-rich foods in a way that appeals to U.S. and British populations.
WRI's Better Buying Lab researches ways to get more people to eat plant-based foods. One early finding: Changing the name of one Panera soup from "low-fat vegetarian black bean" to "Cuban black bean" boosted sales by 13 percent.
Can we feed the world without destroying it? New research reveals 22 steps to a sustainable food future.
The result of multiple years of research and modeling, the synthesis report of World Resources Report: Creating a Sustainable Food Future shows there is no silver bullet to sustainably feeding 10 billion people by 2050. How we produce and eat food will need an overhaul.
This report shares 2015-16 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for WRI’s operations, compares the data to WRI’s historic results (link to historical reports), and specific cases, called stories, from the Sustainability Initiative’s efforts to reduce these emissions. Additional analysis and data of these individual stories is shared within each story, including WRI’s vegetarian food policy, carbon price on business travel, recycling program, and the work of the Sustainability Champions in WRI’s U.S. and Brazil offices.
Global meat and dairy consumption is set to increase nearly 70 percent by 2050. The resulting agricultural emissions would make it impossible to keep temperature rise below 1.5°C (2.7°F), the level scientists say is necessary for staving off climate disasters.
Transforming the way the world eats is the forgotten solution for achieving major economic and climate gains.
One potentially high-impact but low-cost strategy to help consumers shift their diets to be better for the planet is changing the language used to describe food. However, more research is needed to reveal the potential of improved language to drive consumption of plant-based foods. This report summarizes expert perspectives on key research questions into how language can impact consumer choices around plant-based foods.