“Agriculture both contributes to climate change and is affected by climate change”, says the European Environmental Agency’s website. While this includes all forms of agriculture, part of the greenhouse gases can be eliminated by altering our lifestyle. This comes in the form of eliminating meat & other animal by-products from our consumption. Sure the production of vegetables and grains contribute, but we can reduce the amount of feed needing to be feed to animals being slaughtered for consumption.
We can further reduce the greenhouse gases emitted by agriculture through purchasing locally sourced plant-based items. This would lower emissions from transporting over long distances.
Change Will Not Be Easy, But Necessary
While individual change might be difficult, industry change may be harder, but still very necessary. When we consider that “crops, livestock, and seafood produced in the United States contribute more than $300 billion to the economy each year.“, we see the strangle hold economically from agriculture as a whole. However, we must look pass just the financial benefits from the industry and look at the overall health of people and the planet.
Communities Heavily Affected
Change needs to be systemic in nature, as we have communities, largely poor and black/brown communities, most affected through the lack of availability for plant-based food. For this reason, we must demand food justice for those communities most effected. No longer can we allow these communities to be disproportionately served.