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Discussions Discussion Food & hunger
Sophia H-USA, Nov. 17, 2011

Last week I calculated my carbon footprint. The fact that I live in America alone already gives the impression that I have a high carbon footprint, which I do. However what I didnt realize at first was that the places from which we buy our food really has an impact in our enviorment and in my carbon footprint. By buying food locally it benefits the local community and enviroment. It supports the enviorment by enriching the soil, protecting water quality, and minimizes the energy consumption which in turn minimizes the usage of fossil fuels. By simply shopping at local farms, etc. it can have a huge impact on our carbon usage.

Another issue with food and hunger is that in the USA we have the most obeist people worldwide. According to http://library.thinkquest.org/C002291/high/present/stats.htm, in the Asian, African and Latin American countries, well over 500 million people are living in what the World Bank has called “absolute poverty” and every year 15 million children die of hunger. This is a growing problem and calls for us to contribute to helping these people out.

http://www.sustainabletable.org/issues/eatlocal/
Sophia H-USA
Comments (2)
  • Mackenzie S- USA Mackenzie S- USA Nov. 18, 2011
    That is so sad!! Its really hard to here when I know that here in the U.S., we have so much food that our population is becoming obese. I think that there is plenty of food to go around the world, but that it is not being produced and distributed evenly. We are going from one extreme to another, people eating way more than what is healthy for them, and people starving from lack of any food at all. We need to find a balance between the two because I really think that this problem can be resolved.
  • Julia Götborg Julia Götborg Oct. 9, 2013
    I agree with you, shopping local groceries are important and a simple way to decrease your impact on the environment. However, sadly this is a major task to accomplish in most of Sweden. Firstly these stores are often located a long way from where people live. This is not only time-consuming but also the transportation there will increase your carbon footprint! Secondly the food in these stores is significantly more expensive than “regular” food. The solution I can see to this problem is that our local supermarkets implements local foods rather than importing from other countries. Stabile, large, continuous deliveries will enable local groceries to cheaper prizes. Of course, if supermarkets invest in local groceries there will be a consequence in the selection of goods in the store, but it is my strong belief that we need to sacrifice some comforts in order to save the earth!

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