Monday, April 16, 2018

How the Food Industry is Contributing to Climate Change

(There is an old saying, "You Are What You Eat."  It might be worth recalling as you read this thought-provoking piece by Emily Folk.)

The food industry is a massive beast, despite there being food deserts, shortages and famines all over the globe. And that fact isn’t going to change any time soon. There are various aspects to the food industry that are contributing to climate change, and although not all of them stem directly from the industry’s rules and regulations, they do stem from the way we view food, especially in developed countries.

No matter which way you look at it, the food industry is impacting climate change. Everyone from small farmers to international fast-food chains is creating an uneven supply and demand that changes the way we view food, the way we eat it, and the impact it has on our lives. Worldwide, the agriculture industry produces about a third of our greenhouse gases. There are other ways to eat. Start by thinking about your food habits, and move forward from there.