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Green Feeding means healthy and sustainable Food. Green Feeding starts with Breastfeeding which has a positive impact on our climate and environment.

updated August 12, 2020

Breastfeeding contributes to the prevention of global warming, protects biodiversity and conserves natural resources.  Green Feeding includes community support for exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months and the addition of appropriate complementary foods for older babies.

Baby foods: After 6 months, baby eats first foods. Families should be allowed to make feeding decisions free from commercial pressures: for babies, toddlers and young children. Sustained breastfeeding needs support for as long as the family wants.   Breastmilk continues to be precious sources of nutrition, especially when complemented by safe and nutritious family foods, locally produced using sustainable agriculture. Home-prepared family foods are minimally processed so offer value for money. Sustainable local agriculture provides foods that are biodiverse, reliable, and culturally appropriate. Community support can be undermined by marketing and promotion of ultra-processed foods. This is the reason the International Code of Marketing is crucial.

Green Feeding at 3rd World Breastfeeding Conference (WBC) 2019

  • New : slides and film from 3rd World Breastfeeding Conference (WBC) in Rio de Janeiro, Nov 2019
  • 1) Dr JP Dadhich’s Presentation at WBC3 (20 slides)
  • 2) Alison Linnecar’s Presentation at WBC3 (mp4)
  • 3) Fedora Bernard’s Presentation at WBC3 (17 slides)

Green Feeding Documents

Climate Change on UN Agenda 2019

Between May and September 2019, global warming has turned into global heating, and climate change has become a climate emergency.

The United Nations has sounded the fire alarm and in September the 2019 UN Climate Summit calls for us all to “Commit to invest in climate action, public health and sustainable development.”

The UN Climate Summit speaks of “A race we can win”. The UN website lists examples of climate action, including food: https://www.un.org/en/actnow/

To win this race against time, we need to inform and mobilise – and start at the very beginning of our lives with Green Feeding = Breastfeeding and local complementary foods.

Green Feeding is an advocacy campaign prepared by IBFAN, GIFA and Canadian partners. It is aimed at decision-makers, parents, young people and care-givers. The objective is to raise awareness of the need to take action from birth to safeguard the health of humans and our environment:

  • Green Feeding recognises breastfeeding as a sustainable and valuable natural resource that has no negative impact on our environment: no scarce resources are used, no pollution is caused by transport, no garbage is produced by packaging, and expenditure on health costs to treat disease is reduced.
  • Breastfeeding is under serious threat from commercial practices and urgently needs to be protected, promoted and supported.
  • Green Feeding includes the introduction, after six months of age, of complementary foods that are safe and nutritious, and produced using local products and sustainable agriculture.

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In 2015, IBFAN-GIFA published the brochure on Climate Change and Health advocating breastfeeding as an eco-bio-logical way to protect both our health and the health of our planet, especially in times of crisis. Downloads available in English  , French , Spanish , Russian , Italian

  • Breastfeeding is the first step in protecting human health in the short and long term.
  • Breastfeeding is the first step towards protecting the environment and preserving the planet.
  • Breastfeeding helps to save lives and relieve suffering in crisis and shortage situations that are arising as a result of climate change.

In 2014, IBFAN published ‘Formula For Disaster’. Weighing the Impact of Formula Feeding Vs Breastfeeding on Environment’. This report was updated in 2015 and is available in English, Italian and French as Alimentation artificielle – désastre écologique, it compares in detail the ecological impact of breastfeeding on the one hand, and industrial infant feeding on the other. The comparison between the two methods of feeding relates to the use of the planet’s resources (energy, metals, plastics, fuels, water and wood). While artificial feeding depletes the planet’s resources and has a heavy carbon and water footprint, breastfeeding saves energy and water and promotes not only improved maternal and child health, but also the better health of the planet.

In 2012, at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), IBFAN-GIFA prepared a poster on the theme of “The Earth is our Mother” in collaboration with WABA (World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action). Download poster and text for RIO + 20:  English, Spanish , Portuguese , French

In 1997, WABA declared the theme for World Breastfeedin Week (WBW) as “Breastfeeding – Nature’s Way” and underpined the ecological benefits of breastfeeding. In 2020, this is even more relevant and this year’s theme is “Support Breastfeeding for a healthier planet”.

For more information….

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