Eating our way to a healthy planet: Can how we eat help reduce climate change?
|CSANR Project 115||Status: ongoing|
|Annual Entries:||X2012:115 (2012)|
|Progress Reports:||(2012) http://www.tfrec.wsu.edu/pdfs/P2800.pdf |
Agriculture and livestock production are often named as major contributors to climate change and other environmental problems such as poor air quality, polluted water supplies and degraded land. There is some truth in these accusations, but the blame needs to be focused on the way that the food is being produced, not the food itself.
This realization can help consumers make decisions about buying and eating food that actually sustains our environment, instead of hurting it.
Allan Savory, a Zimbabwean farmer, rancher, game warden and biologist, will talk about how a holistic approach to food production can bring the land back to life while increasing the amount of carbon sequestered in the soil. His nature-based approach to livestock production is sustainable for farmers and ranchers because it improves land productivity without compromising the long-term viability of the resource base.
Savory wil discuss how consumer behavior can create market pulls that wil result in large-scale changes in how food is produced which in turn can greatly reduce the impacts of climate change. These decisions can make a difference in the health of our planet and people who live on it.