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Condé Nast announces global initiatives to implement the Paris agreement on climate change – Italian Cuisine

Condé Nast affirms itself as the first Media Company to sign the UNFCCC's Fashion for Global Climate Action of the United Nations, as well as to commit itself to sustainable packaging in compliance with the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment
 of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

In addition to having established these new partnerships, the company will make public the estimates of its own carbon emissions and define the objectives of climate commitment.

Condé Nast will support environmental action in the fashion industry, taking on a more active and decisive role in the global climate movement.

LONDON / NEW YORK – November 21st 2019 – Condé Nast announces its commitment on a global scale to realize and encourage action on climate. Today, Condé Nast establishes itself as the first signing company of the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action and is determined to engage in sustainable packaging, in compliance with the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment of Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Through partnerships, new initiatives and transparent accountability objectives, the company aims to promote higher standards and systematic changes towards the greatest global emergency: climate change.

In addition to relying on new partnerships, Condé Nast will encourage climate action through its brands, followed by over a billion people worldwide, making its work and the entire fashion and communications sector the spokesmen for the change.

“Condé Nast brings together some of the most influential and iconic brands in the world. It is our duty to make the authority of these brands the means to raise awareness, establish terms of change and indicate solutions that ensure the awareness and involvement of both our audience and our industry in climate action, "says Roger Lynch, CEO of Condé Nast. "Similarly, it is our responsibility to conduct the business in the most sustainable way possible. We will therefore commit ourselves to keeping track of and disseminating our progress as we walk the road to more informed global citizenship. "

Condé Nast is the first media company to sign the Charter alongside other fashion industry players such as Inditex, Kering and Stella McCartney, recognizing the weight of the fashion industry on climate change and the need to achieve climate neutrality for the planet welfare. The fashion industry contributes to environmental issues, through waste of materials, water contamination and pollution.

In light of the principles of the Fashion Charter and the objectives of promoting climate action, Condé Nast will work with its partners in the sector to encourage consumers to sustainability, promoting behaviors that contribute to lightening the climate impact of the sector, such as the recycling of clothing, sustainable fashion and the use of innovative materials and technologies.

Wolfgang Blau
Wolfgang Blau, global Chief Operating Officer and International President of Condé Nast.

Condé Nast also signed the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, launched in October 2018 by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Program. In 2019, more than half of the assets owned by Condé Nast began to reduce the use of non-recyclable fossil plastic casings, both from copies distributed by subscription and at newsstands, with the aim of completely eliminating the use plastic or replace it with organic-based recycled materials. Moreover, in 2020 the company will implement the same measure for all its publications distributed in the United States. Finally, through the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, Condé Nast undertakes to completely eliminate the use of non-recyclable fossil plastic from its products, in all its markets, by 2025.

In its journey towards more sustainable business practices, Condé Nast will set itself as an example by monitoring, disseminating and minimizing its ecological footprint. The first evaluation report will be published at the beginning of 2020 and will outline a guideline for the global sustainability plan, which will set thresholds for greenhouse gas emissions.

“Fashion has always been an expression of the great changes in society, as well as an integral part of the cultural debate. Its history makes it so influential. Now, it is the duty of designers, textile operators, fashion houses and journalists of the sector to reinvent, renew and revolutionize the concept of production and consumption in the fashion world. As the first global fashion publisher, Condé Nast is determined to be a spokesperson for the commitment to change. We absolutely need to achieve the Paris climate goals, "said Wolfgang Blau, global chief operating officer and international president of Condé Nast.

As part of a new commitment to respect the Charter and a broader Global Sustainability Strategy, Condé Nast will give voice and guide consumers towards a more sustainable lifestyle through its most influential brands, such as Vogue, GQ, Wired and AD .

"Today's Condé Nast announcement was pleasant news. Condé Nast is the first media outlet to join the Fashion Industry Charter: this gesture symbolizes its commitment to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and underlines the importance of participation in the cause of all sectors, "noted Patricia Espinosa, United Nations Climate Change Executive Secretary.

"As a global media company, the adhesion of Condé Nast will be decisive in disseminating information on the commitment to sustainability and the achievements made by the fashion industry, as well as to inform the world of the need for climate action timely and on a large scale.

Present in 31 markets worldwide, Condé Nast has a strong influence and is responsible for encouraging sustainability. Furthermore, having joined the Charter, it will be the spokesperson for more sustainable business practices and will collaborate with stakeholders in the sector, without giving up their own standards of excellence in the distribution of top quality content and experiences.

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In the opening photo: Roger Lynch, CEO of Condé Nast. Photo Credit Nicol Biesek.

Climate crisis, what will we eat in 2050? – Italian Cuisine

Fresh meat at the supermarket, here's how to recognize it

The expert Amanda Little tried to answer: "It is very likely that we will continue to find a way to produce the food we love most, but we will need very different solutions and cultivation methods"

The climate crisis makes its effects felt: droughts, record heat waves, unstable weather systems. So how will agriculture change, and how will it continue to feed 7.5 billion people? The journalist Amanda Little, professor of Vanderbilt University, who spent four years researching what companies and organizations around the world are doing to ensure sustainable food supplies, tried to respond in his latest book The Fate of Food: What We Will Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World. He tells us what we could bring to the table in 2050, when the world population will exceed 9 billion and our food needs will have increased by 50 percent. «It is very likely that we will continue to find a way to produce the foods we love most, "he explains. "But we will need very different solutions and cultivation methods."


The environmental impact of animal husbandry alone represents about one seventh of man-made greenhouse gas emissions: the main sources of protein could change in the future. So it may be that the one we eat will have the same delicious taste of the meat we have been eating for millennia, but it could be obtained not from a living animal, but from a vegetable protein or from meat grown in a bioreactor. It is very difficult for people to accept this reality, but some version of this meat is available as of now. It is flesh in all respects, the cells come from the animals, but have not grown on them. It is flesh without bones, organs and potential suffering. Meanwhile, insects are gaining a slice of the market, with obvious advantages: they provide more protein and micronutrients and then produce very little waste.

Tomatoes and vegetables

We will continue to eat them, but they could be grown in one vertical farm, without land, with the roots of plants immersed in a fog of nutrients, and light coming not from the sun, but from artificial lighting.

The corn

You can continue to grow in regions like western Kenya, where maize is a basic crop, but it may have to be genetically modified to tolerate more heat, more drought, seasonal changes and new invasive insects.

The coffee

No one intends to give up the daily cup: according to Amanda Little, scientists, farmers and consumers are so busy looking for ways to continue producing the beloved coffee, which will find a way to do it. But coffee culture needs very specific conditions to be successful: you will need to study and experiment a lot.

Go Vote!

If you follow me on Twitter, it’s fairly obvious who I’m voting for, so I’m not doing any kind of recommendation here, but simply wanted to encourage you to vote. 

Whether you’re voting for the President, or the talking haircut who agrees with 3% of the world’s climate scientists, the important thing is to get out to the polls and make your voice heard. Enjoy!

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