3 Minutes and 50 Seconds
with Bill McKibben
All nations will suffer the effects of a warmer world, but it is the world's poorest countries that will be hit hardest by food shortages, rising sea levels, cyclones and drought.
The World Bank
It is forbidden to live in a city with no vegetable garden.
Food & Climate Change
What we eat has an enormous impact on the planet, the economy, and our communities. Michael Pollan wrote, "After cars, the food system uses more fossil fuel than any other sector of the economy — 19 percent. And while the experts disagree about the exact amount, the way we feed ourselves contributes more greenhouse gases to the atmosphere than anything else we do — as much as 37 percent, according to one study."
Meanwhile, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, agriculture accounts for 12% of global greenhouse gas emissions. When we purchase food we not only need to consider the ecological and social impacts of how that food was grown, we should also look at other factors such as transportation, packaging, and where the profits are going.
There are many options for supporting a more ecologically sound and socially responsible food system. From joining a CSA, to shopping at a local Farmers Market, to getting involved with your local food policy council, our individual actions have a profound effect.
Downloads and Links
Check out these resources to learn more about climate change, how different organizations are working to address it, and how your choices can have a big impact.