Posts Tagged:Food

City Pics: Brussels (again)

When I recently went to Brussels for a short business trip, I also had the opportunity to (again) explore Belgium’s (Europe’s) capital on a Sunday afternoon. The city that’s famous for chocolate and fries also offers beautiful buildings, a compact, walkable downtown, good public transit and bikeshare systems and many “sticky” streets with loads of…

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My Year Ahead: 2014

As it’s the first day of the new year, I want to take this opportunity to look ahead at some of my personal highlights in 2014. Apart from some exciting lectures and panel discussions, I guess I’ll use much of January to finish the massive relaunch of my blog, in particular by translating my remaining…

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What is a climate change refugee?

“But what happens to our identity? What happens to our culture?” When I had the opportunity to listen to a young man from the Pacific Island of Kiribati this June at Global Power Shift in Istanbul, I realized that climate migration is a much bigger challenge than just providing people shelter in a different place.…

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Austria needs more organic farming!

I was quite surprised when I found out today that the number of subsidized organic farmers in Austria has recently declined despite the apparent boom of organic food. In particular, insufficient subsidies for the transition from conventional to organic farming and missing political support contribute to this negative development. This is even more surprising as…

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Yummy: Local, Organic & Fresh!

The Austrian Ökoenergie-Blog recently raised the question “Where should your money go?”. I didn’t have to think about a short answer to this question despite the manifaceted energy, sustainability and redistribution questions behind it that would allow for a more thorough response. I got an exciting answer from my weekly visit to the West End…

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The Romance and Reality of Urban Food

Two weeks ago, SFU City Conversations featured an emotional debate on Port Metro Vancouver’s Deltaport expansion plans on farmers’ fields protected by the Agricultural Land Reserve. As in this debate, the aspects of local food production and food security were also central issues in today’s City Conversation on “The Romance and Reality of Urban Food”.…

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Sustainable ideas worth spreading

Yesterday, I visited the TED Global Talent Search event in Vancouver, an evening full of 22 inspiring and diverse talks that each only lasted for 3-6 minutes but had a great impact due to their powerful and exciting messages. This event was part of a global talent search in 14 towns on six continents for TED2013, the…

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UBC’s CIRS: A truly green building!

UBC’s new Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) should not only be a place where students are taught sustainability but also a living laboratory for sustainability. During yesterday’s green walk through the building I got an amazing insight into what a truly green building can look like. And, actually also into what every new…

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