FOOD accounts for 30% of a UK household's contribution to the climate emergency. Our conspicuous consumption and waste✦, especially at Christmas, significantly damage the world’s ecosystems. Extinctions from 1500 onwards were mostly caused by agriculture and exploitation. Now, as land use intensifies and the habitats we destroy are replaced by monocultures, we are losing up to 200 species daily. We can blame beef (75% of Amazonian clearance), soya beans (75% fed to farm animals) and palm oil (prevalent in processed foods) for loss of rain forest habitats and for increased greenhouse gases. Everywhere, tractors, fertilisers, transport and packaging contribute carbon dioxide✴, whilst cows and rice fields produce methane, 25 times more damaging to our climate.
✦ Waste at Xmas in the UK is equivalent to: 250,000 turkeys, 7m mince-pies, 17m sprouts, 10m carrots, 11m potatoes, 100,000 Xmas puddings.
✴ In the 1940s one calorie of effort grew 2·3 calories of food. Now one calorie of effort grows 1/3 of a calorie. If you include transport & processing, one calorie now only provides 1/10 of a calorie.
Eating with less Impact, whilst reflecting on our food’s sources and transportation
* livestock production uses 1/3 of the world’s fresh water and, especially in the case of cattle, contributes substantially to greenhouse gases.
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