Thursday, October 15, 2009

Blogging for the Climate - The World Is What We Eat


Climate Change and Food.

Agricultural production around the world is responsible for nearly as much greenhouse gas emissions as all forms of transportation put together, so it shouldn't be surprising that the food choices we make have a big impact on the climate. From field to fork, an average dinner travels 1,500 miles.

Also, agriculture is extremely vulnerable to climate changes. Research suggests that 40 years from now, the impact of climate change will cause 25 million more children to become malnourished. Therefore, the effects of climate change on agriculture and the world’s food supply are likely to be extremely negative.

Although this issue can seem overwhelming we have no choice but to take it seriously, and take action now. President Obama while speaking at United Nations summit in September said that, "Unease is no excuse for inaction." I couldn't agree more!!

United Nation Climate Change Conference takes place in Copenhagen Dec. 7th - 18th.

*In the meantime - buy locally grown food and produce and stay aware of new ideas to support our planets future.

Ways to Eat Locally
Shop weekly at your local farmers market or farm stand.

Join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and get weekly deliveries of the season's harvest.

Buy from local grocers and co-ops committed to stocking local food.

Support restaurants and food vendors that buy locally produced food.

Preserve food from the season — freeze, can, dry — to eat later in the year.

Grow your own food in your yard or community garden plot.

Happy Blog Action Day and don't forget to check out the video below it is very interesting and informative!!

(Photos Courtesy of Jupiter Images)


Cynthia Maniglia said...

I'm sold - you said it, Sabina - we need to change the way we eat by eating locally grown food and putting less stress on the environment. I'd also add try buying foods with less packaging - all that plastic and so forth puts added stress on the environment. A banana comes in its own package!

Happy Blog Action Day, Sabina!

Content in a Cottage said...

Sabina ~ I always look for food that has a small carbon footprint and it's getting harder and harder this time of year. In the market everything is always "in season" because of all the imports. The apples from New York State are my favorite fall food. Happy Blog Action Day...wonderful post! ♥Rosemary

jenjen said...

I agree totally. I was so happy to eat food that I had grown myself this year in our square foot garden.

Thanks for posting about this!


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