Wednesday, November 4, 2009

What's on Your Plate? Is it Sustainable?

Photo (Lexi Van de Walle): Grass Fed, Free-Range and Happy Lamb - Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Tarrytown, NY

If you read this blog, you know that our food system is simply not sustainable either from a health stand point or an environmental perspective -- exactly the reasons why I write about local and sustainable food systems -- a body-healthy and planet-healthy alternative to the global, industrial, and processed food and food like substances that dominate our grocery stores.

Some years ago, I had an "awakening". Thanks to books and lectures I've literally devoured by Eric Schlosser, Michael Pollan, Howard Lyman aka "the Mad Cowboy", Alice Waters, Barbara Kingsolver, Morgan Spurlock, Marion Nestle, Joshua Rosenthal and many others, I became infinitely more aware of where food comes from, how it is raised or produced, transported and sold, and the impact of food, especially animal products, on not only human but also environmental health.

More recently, with December's "UN Climate Change Summit" in Copenhagen and Just Food's and Manhattan Borough President's "NYC's Food and Climate Summit" around the corner, I've become acutely engaged in learning more about the eye-opening facts behind food and climate change. (In case you're wondering, meat consumption and breeding practices take a lead role in our ability to mitigate greenhouse gases, not transportation, refrigeration or processing.


Here are a few articles I'd like to recommend:

1. Sustain Your Body and the Planet with Local Food , April 2009, Lighthearted Locavore Blog

2. The Swedish National Food has taken the food-environment connection so seriously that they introduced labeling requirements on food packaging for carbon emissions, New York Times article, "To Cut Global Warming, Swedes Study Their Plates", 10/22/09 (be sure to read the CHART ON GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS which underscores the impact that large food, has on global warming -- with beef emitting 17 times more carbon than chickens!

Is grass-fed, locally grown meat better for you and the planet?

4. Meatless Monday's Campaign "one day a week cut meat" = THINK ABOUT IT. Not only for your health and the health of the planet.

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