Last week’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, which stated that we need to make some drastic energy shift to mitigate disastrous effects of climate change, has many of us thinking up ways in which we can help curtail greenhouse gas emissions. In the realm of agriculture, unfortunately, things aren’t looking too good. Emissions are rising, and expectations are that food quality will diminish.
This recent article published in the FAO outlines the problem, reporting:
New FAO estimates of greenhouse gas data show that emissions from agriculture, forestry and fisheries have nearly doubled over the past fifty years and could increase an additional 30 percent by 2050, without greater efforts to reduce them.”
Before we slip into any more doom-and-gloom, there is certainly hope! Anna Lappé, author, activist and director of one of our favorite projects Food MythBusters offers four climate-smart food strategies in her recent article published in Civil Eats.
These are just four of the many climate-smart steps we can take today, without waiting on global emissions reduction commitments or breakthroughs in energy innovation. I don’t want to downplay the challenges in implementing these steps, especially on the scale needed; but I do want to stress how doable these strategies are. Already, many governments are starting to catch on with support from international agencies like the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.”
Also, if you are still feeling down about our food system, check out this great example of a conservation-minded approach to growing food. Where there is a problem, inspired people always seem to step up!
- Agriculture's greenhouse gas emissions on the rise via Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations
- Don’t Panic, Go Organic: The IPCC Report Should be a Wakeup Call for Climate-Smart Food via Civil Eats
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