On my monthly visit to the local health food store I picked up the latest issue of Delicious Living and found an article on Take a Bite out of Global Warming by Anna Lappe. She makes a few convincing reasons why buying and supporting organic farms can make a huge difference in the fight against global warming. “The current food system, from seed to plate to landfill, is responsible for as much as one-third of the world’s human-made greenhouse-gas emissions. Livestock production alone, including factory farming and pasture-grazing animals, accounts for nearly one-fifth of all greenhouse-gas emissions — that’s more than transportation. Organic farms emit less than half the carbon dioxide of conventional farms and use up to one-third less fossil-fuel energy, in part because they’re not dependent on petroleum-based pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. In fact, long-term studies at the Rodale Institute indicate that if we transitioned just 10,000 medium-size farms to organic production, it would be the carbon-saving equivalent of taking one million cars off the road. Remember that the next time you’re waffling over whether to spend that extra dollar on organic apples.”
3 Climate Friendly Food Tips
1. Eat Real Food – Choose energy efficient items: fresh, whole foods with minimal or no packaging.
2. Enjoy Meatless Meals – Cut back on meat. Go meatless at least once a week. And, if you choose to eat meat and dairy, go for organic options from small-scale family farms.
3. Live La Vida Local – Minimize your footprint by buying from locally stocked supermarkets and farmers markets. Become a member of a community-supported agriculture program, csacenter.org, or by visiting a U-pick farm, localharvest.org.