Climate Crisis on our Plates


ChinaDialogue recently published this excerpt from State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet, in which Anna Lappé, co-founder of the Small Planet Fund, discusses the climate crisis on our plates.

Although agriculture is directly affected by climate change, the global food system is responsible for as much as one third of global greenhouse gas emissions. But by using techniques that work with, rather than, against the natural ecosystem, farmers from all over the world are showing the positive role food systems can and should play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, writes Lappé.

And individuals can help provide market demand for climate-friendly foods by following the principles of a climate-friendly diet and supporting the efforts of farmers as they prepare for an uncertain future. Lappé says, “We can choose to eat foods from sustainable farms, reduce consumption of highly processed foods, and cut back — or cut out — meat and dairy that comes from factory farms. We can also reach for local and regionally grown foods.”

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Renee Blodgett
Renee Blodgett is the founder of We Blog the World. The site combines the magic of an online culture and travel magazine with a global blog network and has contributors from every continent in the world. Having lived in 10 countries and explored nearly 80, she is an avid traveler, and a lover, observer and participant in cultural diversity.

She is also the CEO and founder of Magic Sauce Media, a new media services consultancy focused on viral marketing, social media, branding, events and PR. For over 20 years, she has helped companies from 12 countries get traction in the market. Known for her global and organic approach to product and corporate launches, Renee practices what she pitches and as an active user of social media, she helps clients navigate digital waters from around the world. Renee has been blogging for over 16 years and regularly writes on her personal blog Down the Avenue, Huffington Post, BlogHer, We Blog the World and other sites. She was ranked #12 Social Media Influencer by Forbes Magazine and is listed as a new media influencer and game changer on various sites and books on the new media revolution. In 2013, she was listed as the 6th most influential woman in social media by Forbes Magazine on a Top 20 List.

Her passion for art, storytelling and photography led to the launch of Magic Sauce Photography, which is a visual extension of her writing, the result of which has led to producing six photo books: Galapagos Islands, London, South Africa, Rome, Urbanization and Ecuador.

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