In food news, a few messages of hope: We can all do one small thing to help the planet
From the Global Footprint Network website
I get depressed when I read about things like 16 of your favorite things that climate change is totally screwing up (and half of them are things you eat and drink) and Earth Overshoot Day on Aug. 20. This date, marking the time in a year's cycle that human activity goes beyond what the planet can replenish, has been coming earlier every year.
"Throughout most of history, humanity has used nature’s resources to build cities and roads, to provide food and create products, and to absorb our carbon dioxide at a rate that was well within Earth’s budget. But in the mid-1970s, we crossed a critical threshold: Human consumption began outstripping what the planet could reproduce."
I wonder what's going to keep us from destroying the planet we depend on. As Marion Nestle and Michael Pollan have observed, we have to vote with our forks, but also vote with our votes so that policy makers stop incentivizing destruction and start incentivizing solutions.
It's not just one thing that created this situation, and there's not just one thing to save us. Everyone can do something — even one small thing every day. Corporate hegemony and governmental self-serving are only powerful as long as we are all complicit — and as long as we fail to participate in developing alternatives. Along with messages of doom, there are also messages of hope. Here are some of my favorites this week.
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Kim Bayer is a freelance writer and culinary researcher. Email her at kimbayer at gmail dot com.