Minimizing climate change through food choice

Minimizing Climate Change Through Food Choice

Came across a great article on BCLocalNews.com that is relevant to us in Nova Scotia as well as all Canadians. Recent unusual climate changes have been affecting our food supply and will only continue to worsen if we (consumers, producers, etc.) stay on the same path. This article explains what food miles are, and what contributes greenhouse gas emissions to the environment. Greenhouse gases contribute greatly to air pollution, which is unsustainable to our environment and ultimately contributing to these unusual climate changes. Here is an excerpt from the article:

The continued use of massive quantities of petroleum, both in the production of synthetic fertilizers and machinery used in food production and in transporting our food across the globe, is clearly unsustainable.  Not only is oil a finite natural resource, but greenhouse gas emissions from a petroleum-based food economy also contribute to air pollution, related health problems, and climate change.

What can a consumer do to minimize climate change?

• Encourage a local food economy by supporting local farmers or farmers located as close to you as possible. Vibrant local food  production can reduce the dependence on imported food and boost the local economy.

• Visit our local farmers market on Saturday mornings in the parking lot behind the Royal Bank to support our local growers.

• Ask local stores and restaurants to feature locally grown products.

• Look for products which try to use less water, fertilizer, pesticides or herbicides.

• Try growing some of your own food and use mulches or ground covers to reduce water consumption.

• Eat seasonally and learn to preserve food when in season by canning, drying, or freezing.

• At your next potluck or event, it may be a small step but encourage a “Local” theme for food served.

These tips can be utilized all across Canada and beyond to help reduce air pollution and climate change. People may think that they can’t make a difference but several small decisions over a lifetime can help contribute to a better life and environment for generations to come.

Click here for the full article. What are your thoughts? Feel free to comment below.

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