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1 Photo Flickr user val’sphotos under CC BY-NC 2.0 Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders web presentation February 3, 2015

2 Photo: Dmytro Kochetov under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Mission Create tools and conduct research that quantifies the impact of farming system choices on food nutritional quality, food safety, animal welfare, farm profitability, and agriculture’s environmental footprint.

3 Photo: Andy Langager under CC BY-NC 2.0 Goal To develop, validate, and apply analytical systems quantifying the impacts of farming systems, technology, and policy on: Food nutritional quality Food safety Agricultural productivity and economic performance Natural resources and the environment

4 Photo: Alan Vernon under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Quantify negative externalities stemming from conventional systems and technology. Project tangible benefits attainable through integration of bio-based solutions to routine challenges. Photo: Jack Dykinga/USDA under CC BY 2.0 Photo: C. Benbrook

5 Databases Analytical Systems Analyses Share Pesticide Use Data Pesticide Residue Data Nutritional Content Data Dietary Risk Index Impact of GE Crops on Use How Resistance Drives Use Organic versus Conventional Food Domestic versus Imported Foods Nutrient Dense versus Junk Food Improving Dietary Choices Pesticide Use Data System Nutritional Quality Index

6 Chuck Benbrook appointed Research WSU Don Davis hired as M2M Consultant – Nutritional Quality Nick Potter hired as Research Associate Karie Knoke hired as M2M Consultant – Databases AJ Farkas hired as M2M Consultant – Visualization Ben Lewis hired as M2M Consultant – Data & Website Sonia Hall hired as Project Manager

7 Dietary Risk Analytical System U.S. Online Pesticide Use Data System U.S. Online Dietary Risk Analytical System U.K. and E.U. Photos: Tomatoes – Dwight Sipler under CC BY 2.0; Aerial spraying – Flickr user tpmartins under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0; Spices – Angelo Domini under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

8 Pesticide Dietary Risk Sustainability Pesticide Dietary Risk Sustainability Number of times accessed online through Dec All numbers except the Impacts of GE Crops paper reflect full article views. * Impacts paper reflects abstract views. Organic Crops Meta-Analysis British J. Nutrition Organic Crops Meta-Analysis British J. Nutrition Milk Nutritional Quality PLOS ONE Milk Nutritional Quality PLOS ONE Impacts of GE Crops Environ. Sciences Europe Impacts of GE Crops Environ. Sciences Europe

9 … an Update of a High Impact Paper

10 Organic Crops Meta-Analysis British J. Nutrition Organic Crops Meta-Analysis British J. Nutrition Milk Nutritional Quality PLOS ONE Milk Nutritional Quality PLOS ONE Circulation/Reach: 431 million Today Show, CBS, LA Times, NY Times, NPR, TIME Magazine, Capital Press, The Seattle Times, Huffington Post Circulation/Reach: 615 million The Guardian, NY Times, LA Times, FOX News, NPR, National Geographic, Huffington Post, Science, SELF, Prevention

11 Photo: Flickr user RK & Tina under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

12 Circulation/Reach: 431 million Today Show, CBS, LA Times NY Times, NPR, TIME Magazine Organic Whole Milk Provides Best Heart-Health Benefits, Study Says By Mary MacVean Organic Milk May Have Healthier Ratio of Fatty Acids than Regular By Michelle Castillo Photos and statistics provided by Elizabeth Horton, Organic Valley

13 Photo: Flickr user CleberMori under CC BY-NC 2.0

14 Circulation/Reach: 615 million FOX News, NPR, National Geographic Huffington Post, Science, SELF, Prevention Are Organic Vegetables More Nutritious After All? By Dan Charles New Study Finds Organic Foods Are Healthier than Conventionally Grown Foods By Deirdre Imus Organic Foods Are Tastier and Healthier, Study Finds By Mary Beth Albright Photos and statistics provided by Elizabeth Horton, Organic Valley

15 Number of blog posts each quarter Promoting Global Food Security One Crop of Tomatoes at a Time October 23, 2014 New Insights Gained into the Role of Dairy Products in Promoting Healthier Diets October 9, 2013 Photos: Radishes – Flickr user Cleber Mori under CC BY-NC 2.0; Milk Can – Flickr under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0; Tomatoes – C. Benbrook. The Devil in the Details September 4, 2012

16 STONYFIELD UNFI WHOLE FOODS ORGANIC VALLEY CERES TRUST CLIF BAR FAMILY FOUNDATION CHIPOTLE $175,000 $242,500 $167,500 AWARDED PLEDGED – ADD’L $57,500

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20 Photo: Kabsik Park under CC BY 2.0 Pesticide Dietary Risk Questions: I want to avoid foods that pose relatively high levels of pesticide dietary risk. Which ones are at the top of the list? How different is the pesticide dietary risk of organic apples, compared to conventionally produced apples? Does it make a difference if I buy domestically grown apples, compared to imported apples?

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25 Photo: United Soybean Board under CC BY 2.0 … to a Journal Accessible to You Submitting to PLOS ONE: Current Safety Standards for Glyphosate-Based Herbicides do not Reflect New Insights on Low-Dose Effects nor Exponential Growth in Use and Human Exposures Myers, J.P., M. Antoniou, B. Blumberg, L. Carroll, T. Colborn, L.G. Everett, M. Hansen, P.J. Landrigan, B.P. Lanphear, R. Mesnage, L.N. Vandenberg, F.S. vom Saal, W.V. Welshons and C. Benbrook Trends in Glyphosate Herbicide Use in the U.S. and Globally Charles M. Benbrook

26 Photo: Flickr user Dana under CC BY-ND 2.0 … to a Journal Accessible to You Submitting to the British Journal of Nutrition: Meta-Analysis of Nutritional and Food Safety Advantages of Organic Animal Products With University of Newcastle team Meta-Analysis of Nutritional and Food Safety Benefits of Organic Dairy Products With University of Newcastle team

27 Photo: 401calculator.org under CC BY-SA 2.0 Hard-edged evaluations of agricultural and food system outcomes. Excellent access to peer-reviewed journals and science media. Credibility for M2M professional staff not possible when working with NGOs. Train a new generation of analysts in the science and art of sustainable agriculture. Help create safe career paths for those willing to question conventional wisdom. Or M2M’s Return On Investment

28 Photo: Flickr user The AutoMotovated Cyclist under CC BY-ND 2.0 ANSWER BIG QUESTIONS ABOUT: Food nutritional quality Food safety Agricultural productivity and economic performance Natural resources and the environment EFFECTIVELY SHARE SCIENCE-BASED ANSWERS WITH PRODUCERS, INDUSTRY, CONSUMERS, POLICY MAKERS.

29 Photo: USDA/Jack Dykinga under CC BY 2.0 … Recruiting Talented People… M2M Program Leader Nutr. Quality Lead Scientist Research Analyst Post-doc Food Safety Lead Scientist Agr. Performance Lead Scientist Environmental Impacts Lead Scientist Project Manager PhD Student Post-doc MSc Student Post-doc PhD Student MSc Student Consultant TODAYIN FIVE YEARS

30 Photo: USDA NRCS under CC BY-SA 2.0 Soil Health Determine how to most effectively measure it. Quantify the benefits that can be derived from enhancing it: microbial biocontrol, carbon sequestration, reduced fossil fuel use, ….

31 Photo: Flickr user tpmartins under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Impacts of GE Crops Compile an international database on trends in pesticide use. Initiate biomonitoring for key GE crop proteins and pesticides in foods. Cooperate in cutting edge toxicology and epidemiology projects.

32 Photo: Susie Blackmon under CC BY-NC 2.0 Environmental Footprint Quantify the environmental footprint of milk production. Quantify the role played by forage-based feeds on improving cow health and longevity.

33 Photo: Flickr user cobalt123 under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 … Sustainable Agriculture When the flow of information is science-based and quantifiable… … production, consumption and policy decisions can be based on science … … and food and agricultural systems can more efficiently and effectively move towards enhancing and sustaining the well-being of people, animals, and our planet.

34 Photo from val’sphotos under CC BY-NC 2.0


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