Tag Archives: environmental degradation

Five Inconvenient Truths -Global steel industry

Interesting article, it discusses trade, overcapacity, raw materials, growth/slow down in building, and re-purposing of existing mills.  Maybe that is true. Read more here.

I must admit I am most intrigued by the existence of this group:

John Lichtenstein is a managing director for Accenture Strategy and the global lead of Accenture’s metals group.
The article did not discuss:  
  1. Changes in Environmental regulation. What if the total cost of an item was part of the selection process for materials (Aluminum vs. Steel)? What if LEED building specified LOCAL MATERIAL use or adding the effects of long distance shipping into the environmental degradation? What if shipping companies were forced to contribute money to the clean-up of the plastic gyre in the Pacific Ocean when shipping across the Pacific Ocean?  Unlikely, but possible and more sensible than carbon credits.
  2. Quality of the steel produced in China (I’d really like to know why the Bay Bridge is rusting with its low quality steel imported from China), coupled with the environmental devastation caused by converting raw materials to finished goods in a country that does not have strict environmental regulations and technologies.
  3. The main premise that global demand is slowing and will remain so, flies in the face of the greatest population being urban, and the population continues to expand. Housing in urban areas is made with steel, when it is high-density.

There is always room to learn more. I’ll be interested in Accenture’s next set of statistics.

There are many other Accenture articles; here is another from the same author.

101 Organizations to Watch in 2014

Last week, Food Tank highlighted 101 organizations showing the world that solutions to alleviating hunger, poverty, obesity, food waste, and environmental degradation not only exist, but have huge potential to be replicated and scaled-up.

Hundreds of you reached out to us with recommendations for other organizations playing a vital part in creating a better food system. The response was so overwhelming that Food Tank has compiled an additional list of some of the most interesting reader recommended organizations!

Here are 101 more organizations to watch in 2014, based on your recommendations.


Please check these out, if you cannot get to the entire list right now:

Bioneers — Bioneers are social and scientific innovators who understand how nature operates. The annual Bioneers Conference brings together innovators working on breakthrough solutions in farming and agriculture.

California Food Literacy Center — The Center is working to educate youth about healthy eating and healthy communities through teaching, feeding, sharing, and training.

ECHO — ECHO empowers small-scale farmers to increase the yield and nutritional diversity of their crops. They operate a seed bank to provide regionally appropriate crops for development workers. And they offer training courses and workshops on many topics, such as tropical agriculture.

Save Our Soil — The Save Our Soil campaign aims to raise consumer awareness about the importance of soil for our health, food security, and climate. Save Our Soil works to increase awareness of degraded soils and find solutions.