Three times a day we look right at a climate solution and don't see it. Mealtime. Food policy likely offers the biggest bang for the buck when it comes to return on investment. As Sam Kass points out in Time Magazine below, "The production of food emits 25% to 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions—it’s the second leading source. And unlike the energy sector, where rates have begun to decline, emissions in agriculture are projected to increase by 30% by 2050. The mitigation potential here is huge." Though the health sector is making advances toward becoming more sustainable, we can certainly improve upon our relationship with the food sector. We can work toward eliminating waste in our facilities, support farmers who incorporate climate-smart agriculture, and engage in conversations about changing our diets to reflect environmentally-friendly choices. Join us and get involved today.
By Sam Kass I December 18, 2015
Smart food policy can help us reduce emissions and eliminate waste
I recently returned home from Paris, where I participated in a number of events around the climate-change conference that used food to tell the story of climate change and highlight potential solutions. The city had the crazed but celebratory feeling of a wedding, with plenty of planning boiling down to a final, frantic push to cross the finish line. But just as marriage is only the beginning of a new kind of life, it turns out the finish line is actually the starting line—and the real work begins now.
Unfortunately, there’s no time for a honeymoon. Each nation has to figure out how it is going to fulfill its commitments, most of which focus heavily on energy—a natural choice because it’s the top contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.
But a quick look at the relationship between food and climate makes clear that we are largely overlooking the sector that holds the greatest potential to solve the problem of climate change.
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