Agriculture is a major contributor to climate change, which means that what we eat, how and when it is grown and how it reaches us is important for the earth and for our health.
Educating farmers and consumers on best (or at least better) practices in agriculture is essential to make the effects of climate change less dire. This elegantly animated three-minute video was made to educate British farmers on climate change, but many of the facts presented are pertinent for all of us:
The video points out the major emissions from farming: methane from livestock, nitrous oxide from fertilizer use and carbon dioxide emissions from the transportation of food.
The video could, of course, go farther in terms of sustainability: some would say that animals cannot or should not be raised sustainably if we are to feed everyone; many argue that the use of all synthetic fertilizers (not mentioned in the video) should be banned.
But we can’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good: each step we take and decision we make is either in the right or wrong direction toward a healthier planet.
Screen shot of video by Luke Marsh (lukemarshanimation.com) for farmingfutures.org