Research by STRIVE & Partners on carbon footprint of EU soy imports supported European Parliament resolution on legal framework to halt EU-driven global deforestation.
Due to the extensive impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on food security and sovereignty and the global food system, the Food for Justice research group has decided to include an additional case study on these new dynamics in the research project.
The aim is to observe the acute and long-term consequences of the pandemic in Germany and Brazil and to draw comparisons of similarities and differences between the global South and North, with a particular focus on alternative strategies of resistance by social movements and producers in Brazil on the one hand and the unequal conditions and marginalization of migrants in the German production system on the other.
The survey in Brazil started on November 20, 2020.
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At the Global Bioeconomy Summit 2020 on November 20, STRIVE researchers Jan Börner and Thomas Dietz together with Karla Rubio presented the main results of the Global Survey of Bioeconomy Experts in an online presentation.
Read the full report at: https://gbs2020.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/GBS-2020_Expert-Survey_web.pdf
The contributions to the interdisciplinary workshop „It’s the (bio)economy, stupid! The future of growth and the promise of the bioeconomy“, 7th – 8th October 2020 in Jena, were diverse, many sessions dealt with topics related to the German bioeconomy strategy and its conceptual orientation and criticism, at the same time there were some contributions that took an international perspective on the bioeconomy. In all lectures, the contradictions and dilemmas inherent in bioeconomy with regard to the (im)possibility of sustainable economic growth were discussed.
The workshop also offered the social science oriented junior research groups funded by the German Federal ministry of Education and Research the opportunity to network:
„We as the BioKum research group benefited from the workshop insofar as we came into contact with many other topics that are relevant to bioeconomic futures and transformation processes. The critical look at the imagination of the circular economy, as portrayed by Mario Giampietro, brings new perspectives to our work and will certainly be a matter of concern for us. From my personal point of view, the discourse during the workshop showed that the bioeconomy is not a panacea for current social and ecological crises and that its definition is far from fully discussed. Critical scientific support is necessary here in order to meet the challenges of our time, such as climate change, social injustice, etc. Especially the different disciplines that came together during the workshop promise a lot of new findings.“ (Jonathan Friedrich, BMBF junior research group „BioKum“)
With the exchange in the workshop, we received „interesting and constructive feedback on our own research project. Most of the discussions were about growth and positions of power. Various aspects were shown here, some of which were new to us. We were also interested in questions of transfer and social acceptance, such as how diffuse the understanding of bioeconomy in society is so far. The workshop helped us to gain new ideas and research approaches. We also benefit from networking – even though we participated online. We found the hybrid format very successful and will also take it with us as an idea in these times of the pandemic.“ (Madalena Meinecke, BMBF junior research group „Food for Justice: Power, Politics and Food Inequalities in a Bioeconomy“)
Two exciting contributions can now also be heard and seen online: more
The study “Spatially-explicit footprints of agricultural commodities: Mapping carbon emissions embodied in Brazil’s soy exports”, which was published in “Global Environmental Change”, highlights how demand for Brazilian soy by Europe and China is stoking deforestation, thereby increasing carbon emissions, especially in Brazil’s Cerrado savanna biome, followed by the Amazon rainforest.
In the blog of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) of the USA it is said that “our study puts all the pieces together for estimating impacts from trade in Brazilian soy from a global perspective”.
The prestigious magazine Mongabay reported: “Mongabay highlights how results from our recent study can help both nations and industries to reduce deforestation in Brazil and Greenhouse Gas emissions globally, while calling for action to protect Cerrado savanna”.
In January 2020, David Ayrapetyan conducted a field research at the Bazancourt-Pomacle biocluster near Reims, France. The field research consisted of a number of interviews with industry participants and extensive data collection.