The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and their partners just launched a new campaign to help the world get out of its immense food waste predicament. Think, Eat, Save.
This post is my last of three entries for the World Environment Day blog competition. I am now a top ten finalist — every vote counts toward the grand prize of becoming the correspondent for WED2012 in Brazil!
So you’ve decided to become an environmentalist. First, I think it is helpful to know that this label doesn’t have to come with a lot of baggage. I believe it represents a certain mindset or inclination toward feeling compassion for our planet. This is in contrast to the common misconception that environmentalism only includes those who take extreme action in the name of the environment, though these actions are certainly on the spectrum of environmental engagement.
The current food production system is an extremely resource intensive one, where millions of animals are slaughtered to keep up the high demand of cheap meat. The industry is a slave to this demand, relying on traditional economies of scale and forgoing proper oversight. This results in meat contamination, manure runoff and inhumane slaughter, not to mention environmental destruction.