Eating Locally Sourced Food Will Not Save The Planet
In this video, we discuss the root causes of agricultural emissions, which are most prominent in meat and dairy.
It’s pretty easy to overlook the effect our diets have on the environment. But food production and waste are attributed to 19.1 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year, that’s around 34% of global emissions. Transport miles make up a very small portion of the total greenhouse gas emissions associated with them and the choice of what you eat is much more important.
It is impossible to separate our food production, processing, and distribution from our environment. Unfortunately, the industrial or “conventional” way of producing food causes large-scale environmental degradation.
Food waste produces 3.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. If food waste were a country it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases after the US and China. By the year 2050, the world’s population will increase 33% to 10 billion.