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Fix the Food Chain

13 May

OneClimate tweeted a link to a video from the Fix the Food campaign. It is a British campaign organized by Friends of the Earth. This short film was developed to help encourage viewers to petition the government to “revolutionize” the meat and dairy consumed.

Basically the video shows viewers exactly how the foods we choose to eat have a huge negative impact on the environment. This is because factory farmed animals consume high protein diets, which are made up primary of soy grown in South America. To grow soy the rain forest must be cut down. This increases the amount of greenhouse gases in the air, as well as destroys the habitats of all the organisms that live there. Cutting down the rain forest is bad enough, but in this case the rain forest is being cut down to support meat and dairy livestock, which account for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions world wide.

To summarize, we are adding greenhouse gases with our livestock and killing the trees that naturally reduce greenhouse gases.

The campaign is not about getting people to become vegetarians. Rather it is about getting people to lobby their government to support:

1. a shift away from subsidies for factory farmed meat and dairy products

2. supporting small farmers especially those that feed livestock with home-grown feed

3. stop serving meat and dairy from factory farms in schools and hospitals

This is a great campaign. It really highlights the huge impact, the food we choose to eat has on the global environment. And while it is important for individuals to eat locally grown, non factory farmed foods, can you imagine the impact, on the environment if no school or hospital served these foods? That is millions of meals everyday.

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2009 in Sustainable Agriculture

 

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One response to “Fix the Food Chain

  1. atlimbo

    May 13, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    This is a great post! I really like that it advocates changing habits, not diets (because I’ve tried to veg a million times, but it’s just not in the cards for me, and so I try to make my eating habits green in other ways). Any campaign that educates people about how what we do in our everyday lives impacts the world around us is a step in the right direction. Thanks for bringing the campaign to our attention!

     

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