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Fixing Food On Blog Action Day

Today is Blog Action Day, a day when bloggers around the world write about one important global topic. This year’s topic is FOOD. How we farm and how we eat may prove to be one of the largest issues of our time. While there seems to be a lot of deep thinking around this topic, I believe climate change reaches into the core of why we need a realignment of the inequalities in our food system – both locally and globally.

How do we fix food on a warming planet? Can we find a solution that will not cause worse damage and more starvation?

Planet Food

In regards to climate change, agriculture is a double-edge sword. It’s a sector of our society that is adversely affected by environmental changes. Yet our global food system is one of the greatest contributors to climate change.

“Climate change, in turn, is contributing to rising rates of hunger and food insecurity. As much as 1/3 of greenhouse gas emissions come from the food system.” ~ Slow Food

Pollutants such as pesticides (insecticides and herbicides) sprayed on our food, and injected into the soil, are landing on our plates. We have fumigants in our strawberries, growth inhibitors sprayed on our potatoes, hazardous chemicals like mercury in our fish, and antibiotics pumped into our livestock. Even chocolate and peanut butter are threatened by global warming.

Agriculture has the ability to pollute the environment and make us sick. It also poses potential solutions as we create smarter food alternatives for our families. Growing chemical-free food, and shopping locally can help push back against a broken food system.

What about our global community? How can we worry about eating organic spinach when people are dying of malnutrion?

Starving Planet

Changes in climate have exasperated the problem of famine.

“Higher temperatures and changes in precipitation result in pressure on yields from important crops in much of the world…Biological impacts on crop yields work through the economic system resulting in reduced production, higher crop and meat prices, and a reduction in cereal consumption. This reduction means reduced calorie intake and increased childhood malnutrition.” ~ Scientific American

This just scratches the surface of the global issue of food. I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject. One thing I do know, fixing food won’t happen organically. As our planet grows warmer, we are going to need to do something. I believe we’ll need to start voting with our stomachs, and healing with our hearts.

Here’s one way to start…

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.

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9:48AM PST on Feb 16, 2012

Awesome! thanks for sharing!!!

1:57AM PST on Jan 4, 2012

Great article. Thank you for sharing.

10:14PM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

We need to close the CAFOs, eat less meat, go organic, and have smaller families - for a sustainable food system that can work for all species.

5:02PM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

We need to reduce our need for consumption of goods to slow the clock on climate change and reduce our need for instant gratification. Buy locally organic produce, stop factory farming, stay away from processed food and don't buy anything GMO.
Eat vegan, if possible grow your own food. Don't just complain, but walk the walk, teach by example and let your elected officials know how you feel. We all can make a difference with our actions!

7:11AM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

Good stuff and thanks for sharing

7:35PM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

Not easy to do it! No money here then no food there

3:41PM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

We really admire and are so gratefull to our organic farmers who work so hard to produce safe healthy foods without pestisides.It takes 5 year just to get the land ready for organic farming so that just shows how badly chemicals ruin the soil.Then the bugs are picked of by hand which is time consuming & back breaking work.We always go to our farmers market & buy organic it may be more expensive but now you understand the reasons why.We do with out so called treats to make up for it.Many kudos to all organic farmers the world over!Thanks Ronnie for posting this.Hey didnt know it was world food blog day,I love food blogs!!

1:47PM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

Interesting. Thanks.

1:12PM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

thanks

12:05PM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

GOOD INFO! THANKS!

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