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World heading for ‘Farmageddon’ on cheap meat, says new book



In their new book looking at the issue of cheap meat, Philip Lymbery and Isabel Oakeshott highlight why the world is heading for a major global food crisis.

Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat is published on Thursday. It investigates the ways in which the global food industry is damaging the world, and is ultimately unsustainable.

It also highlights the gaps within the food industry across the globe. The authors suggest that animals in factories are being fed with cereals and wheat that could be instead used to feed hundreds of thousands of starving children globally. Meanwhile, bees are transported across the US in order to help pollinate plants in California, where numbers of wild insects are fast declining.

Co-author Lymbery, chief executive of the campaign group Compassion in World Farming, said, “It doesn’t have to be like this, everyone can be part of the solution.

Governments can help improve the health of their nation and safeguard future food supplies by supporting food production that puts animals back on the farm instead of in factories.”

The book has received all-party support from MPs in the House of Commons, with the likes of Labour’s Kerry McCarthy and the Green party’s Caroline Lucas among those to have praised it.

Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith, who hosted a launch event in parliament, said, “The threat posed by factory farming to the future of our countryside is very real, as Philip and Isabel have highlighted in this exceptional book.

“It is a valuable contribution to the discussion about how we feed an ever-growing population without trashing our countryside, putting farmers out of business or jeopardising our health.”

One of the main concerns over cheap meat is that, despite strict regulation, consumers simply do not know what is in the food chain, with many citing the horsemeat scandal as a single example.

Further reading:

Horsemeat saga exposes holes in cheap meat food chain

Organic September: enabling change

Global food system crisis

Buying local food can help avoid another horsemeat scandal, says MP

Consumers have ‘immense power’ to make food sustainable

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Book Review: Ubernomics




Step inside the next generation of economics, business strategy and investing.

In this radical business book, Barbara Gray makes it clear that all is not as it seems. Just when we think we know the rules of the road, we find we have hit the age of economic abundance—and surprises await.

Gray navigates us through this journey with great insight and acuity, sharing stories and case studies about a new breed of “rebel with a cause” companies such as Starbucks, LinkedIn, Airbnb, and Uber, whose founders relish disruption of the status quo. Taking us through the highlights of her research, Gray reveals her discovery of the next generation of business strategy for companies looking to create economic abundance and rise above the competition.

Barbara Gray is a former top-ranked sell-side equity analyst and the founder of Brady Capital Research Inc., a leading-edge research and strategy consulting firm. She has more than fifteen years of sell-side equity research experience in Canada and the United States covering a wide range of sectors. Barbara has a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of British Columbia (1993) and earned her Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1997. She lives in Vancouver, Canada with her husband and two sons.


Ubernomics is über-needed by any organization that wants to be around in the next five years. Read it and you’ll be here for fifty–and more! Barbara Gray is half brilliant analyst and half seer. The result is a book that is both crystal clear and a crystal ball.”
–Joey Reiman, Chairman, BrightHouse and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group

“Barbara is one of the most astute and forward-looking analysts who covered lululemon. Ubernomics gave me a framework to think about the sharing economy capital structure and the value that can be gained from that.”
–Christine Day, CEO, Luvo (former CEO, lululemon)

“Barbara’s overall analysis centering on the three new values of advocacy, connection and collaboration is very powerful. And the examples, both of firms born in the new economy and others trying to adapt to it, are fascinating.”
–Jean-Claude Larreche, Professor of Marketing, INSEAD, and author of The Momentum Effect


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Book Review: Business as an Instrument for Societal Change




Business as an Instrument for Societal Change: In Conversation with the Dalai Lama is the result of two decades of research and dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other leaders in business, government, science and education. Author Sander Tideman, a lawyer and banker who has maintained a friendship with the Dalai Lama over all these years, presents a practical framework and methodology to develop a new kind of leadership – one fit to repurpose the business world and tackle escalating social, economic and environmental needs.

The Dalai Lama rarely speaks directly on the topics of business, leadership and economics. Yet in the dialogues recounted here, his wisdom – combined with key insights from business and public leaders – creates a unified shift towards a consciousness of interconnectedness, offering profound insights for practitioners and general readers alike.

Tideman unites the scientific worldviews of physics, neuroscience and economics with the positive psychology of human relationships, and ancient spiritual wisdom, to formulate practical business leadership solutions. At the heart of this book lies the journey to discover our shared purpose. This ignites new sources of value creation for the organisation, customers and society, which Tideman terms ‘triple value’.  We can achieve triple value by aligning societal and business needs, based on the fundamental reality of interconnection.

Business as an Instrument for Societal Change: In Conversation with the Dalai Lama is a readable and intelligent exploration of how leaders can actually help to shape a sustainable global economy by embracing innate human and humane behaviour. It is also Tideman’s fascinating personal journey, which brought him to question the underlying motivations and goals of business leadership and to seek a new paradigm for a more sustainable approach. Reflecting Tideman’s sharp perceptions and infused with the Dalai Lama’s unmistakable joy, this book has the power to change your way of thinking.


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