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.