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Jewish Energy Guide: The Energy Cost of Food

The Energy Cost of Food

Summary: Founder and CEO of Smart Agriculture Analytics, Manuela Zoninsein, examines how our industrialized food system is not sustainable and lays out actions that would foster a healthier and more sustainable food system.

Today, part of repairing the world means ensuring that we can reduce our individual consumption to sustainable levels, especially as the world gets more crowded. If people in developing countries such as China continue to respond to increased prosperity by eating more resource intensive foods, such as meat, then a worldwide population increase of just two billion people by 2050 may double the demand for food production. But when it comes to farming, more of the same isn’t going to work, because agricultural production as we know it is flawed.

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Manuela Zoninsein is a Brazilian-American environmental journalist and entrepreneur based in Beijing. She is the founder and CEO of Smart Agriculture Analytics, a business-intelligence resource that evaluates the Chinese market for sustainable agritech. Zoninsein earned a bachelor’s degree at Harvard and a master’s degree in modern Chinese studies with a focus on Chinese environmental policy and sustainable agriculture at Oxford University. Fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, she has completed advanced Mandarin studies at Tsinghua University with the support of a Blakemore Freeman Fellowship. Zoninsein has written regularly for Newsweek and worked as a food editor at Time Out Beijing.

The Jewish Energy Guide presents a comprehensive Jewish approach to the challenges of energy security and climate change and offers a blueprint for the Jewish community to achieve a 14% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by September of 2014, which is the next Shmittah, or sabbatical, year in the Jewish calendar.

The Jewish Energy Guide is part of COEJL's Jewish Energy Network, a collaborative effort with Jewcology's Year of Action to engage Jews in energy action and advocacy. The Guide was created in partnership with the Green Zionist Alliance.

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