Food Emissions

Most of the attention given to reducing global heating of the earth has dealt with limiting the greenhouse gases from our energy and transportation systems.  So far these efforts have not significantly changed the continued release of such pollution in terms of decreasing or stopping the future heating of the atmosphere.

Even if such energy pollution was eliminated entirely from our energy systems, there are other systems releasing such gases into the atmosphere.  The amounts and sources of such gases vary by country and location, but the only way to look at the situation is to look at the overall global releases since the problem is a global one.  We only have one atmosphere for earth.

“Even if we stopped emissions from fossil fuels right now, emissions from food production alone would take us well beyond the carbon budget for 1.5°C, and leave little room to reach our 2°C target.”  This statement came from “Our World in Data”.

How much thought have you given to reducing emissions from our food production?  Very little if any.

If we are to reduce our emissions and slow down the rate of year after year increases in the heating of our atmosphere, we need to be reducing a lot more than from just our energy systems.  And, changing over to all electric vehicles will be of little help unless we produce the electricity without generating greenhouse gases.

If you want to know about ways to reduce emissions from our food production you need to read the article and make other changes.  Basically we would need to convert all food production to growing plants to feed us directly rather than animals such as cows, chickens, etc.  Within the U.S. the bulk of our food production goes to feeding animals.  That would have to stop.  “It takes about 100 calories of grain to produce just 12 calories of chicken or 3 calories worth of beef, for instance.” That is a luxury we can’t afford from the standpoint of wasted food, water uses, and greenhouse gas emissions.

100% reduction in greenhouse gases from both our energy sources and our food production would be a major step in reducing the production of greenhouse gases to within the range of making a significant difference in global heating.  What do you think the chances of doing that are?

The damage to the atmosphere has already been done and there is little chance of us slowing down the rate of additional heating, but we must do all that we can.  Learning how to survive in the heat as we reduce the rate of increase is crucial to future life on earth.