Half 1 on tackling carbon emissions: Meals waste

On this collection, I’ll be discussing all of the completely different sources of human-produced carbon emissions and giving some concepts on how one can decrease your carbon footprint. First up is the meals that you simply eat. 

As conversations about meals waste turns into extra frequent, we will discover methods to scale back our waste in these areas. As all the time, let’s put some numbers behind our considering. 

In 2021, The Guardian reported that “the world manufacturing of meals is chargeable for a 3rd of all planet-heating gases emitted by human exercise, with the usage of animals for meat inflicting twice the air pollution of manufacturing plant-based meals.” Yikes. It’s troublesome to suppose {that a} very mandatory part of our lives is chargeable for hurt to our surroundings. Although it’ll take main steps from governments and bigger companies to successfully cut back carbon emissions on this sector, customers are accountable too — yeah, you!

Now let’s discuss options. As I discussed earlier than, producing meat creates the majority of carbon emissions within the meals business. What’s the straightforward means to assist reduce this downside? Eat much less meat, after all. 

Beef manufacturing is particularly heavy in carbon emissions. Cows are infamous for being huge methane producers. This will get loads of consideration as a result of as a fuel, “methane is 28 occasions stronger at trapping warmth within the ambiance than carbon dioxide over a 100-year time-frame,” in response to an article revealed by GreenBiz. At a summer season camp I volunteered at just lately, the scholars needed to suppose up options to huge environmental points. One which saved developing was “cease breeding cows.” Whereas they realized that this could be troublesome due to the financial ties many industries should the meat business, they discovered that it’s as much as customers to decrease their beef consumption. 

Nobody’s saying you could change into a vegan instantly. Even lowering your meat consumption would make a giant distinction. “Scale back-itarians” are rising in popularity as people who aren’t utterly vegetarian or vegan, however eat principally plant-based meals and eat meat much less usually.

One other nice method to cut back your carbon footprint in your meals is having your individual sources for meals.Gardening, making your individual jams or preserves and baking your individual bread are all enjoyable methods to begin this course of. 

As a co-owner of a small neighborhood bread enterprise, I perceive the worth of baking bread at dwelling. Not solely are neighbors excited to assist younger individuals’s at-home companies, however many desire the non-public connection of the method. They perceive that the bread they’re shopping for is coming from a extra sustainable supply. 

When you’re frightened about leaping into a giant baking mission, bread is definitely the right place to begin.  

Based on the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration, “In america, meals waste is estimated at between 30-40 p.c of the meals provide.” This summer season, let’s take a step to assist cut back our waste. 

Contact Sophie Horvath at [email protected].