Food and climate change linked

Modern agriculture could easily be called fossil fuel farming due to the dependence on petroleum and natural gas for food production, processing and distribution. In fact, livestock production (beef, pork, chicken, etc.) accounts for 18% of all the global warming gases humans emit into the atmosphere–which is more than all the emissions from transportation. Yes, more than all vehicle emissions in the world! (The study, called Livestock’s Long Shadow, was done by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization.) Stepitup2_banner_06Yesterday, people around the U.S. organized 1,400+ events to call on our politicians to Step It Up to create policies to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. Click on the banner to see video, photos and write-ups of the creative events. If you want to learn more, you can explore the connections between food, hunger and climate change on the Hunger Program’s ‘Hunger and Climate Change’ pages.

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