20 Acts on Climate Change: The Way We Eat


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Eating is an essential human activity. The food sector includes food process from preparation, consumption to waste and agricultural production of crops and livestock. Crop and livestock contributes about 1/8 of anthropogenic emissions.

Industrialized agriculture is responsible for 15% of global carbon emissions. It uses 24% of the freshwater, 28 million tonnes of fertilizers and pesticides that cause water pollution, and use a lot of lands.

According to the EAT-Lancet Commission report, a radical transformation of the global food system is urgently needed. The world risks failing to meet the UN SDGs and the Paris Agreement if our action is not enough.

Transformation to healthy diets by 2050 will require substantial dietary shifts that include doubling in our consumption of healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables and a greater than 50% reduction in global consumption of less healthy foods such as red meat and added…

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  1. In Florida the run off from animal waste from industrial farming for horses, cows and pigs plus the fertilizer run of from the sugar cane fields is altering the environment. Lakes and ponds and small streams are disappearing as all the nutrients create an invasion of plant life which makes them disappear. The lily pad and algae blooms on the surface block light to the under water vegetation. It then rots using up oxygen in the water which results in a fish kill further polluting the water. As bamboo and other wild flora encroach on the water site the water is used up. This destroys habitat and food supply for reptiles and amphibians and birds and small mammals. The process is called eutrification.

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  2. Great share! Thank you. I might take it in to my ESL class b/c we are talking about food and last week I brought in an article on food systems (and labor/justice issues) and they actually seemed to like talking about real things instead of “How many apples do you have?” etc. :0).

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