She says that the growing of so many crops is causing greenhouse gases. Michael Pollan says that everything is made of corn. Everything in today’s world that we consume, food or drink, is somehow made of corn. You may not know it, be able to taste it, but it is there. Niman suggests that reducing the amount of corn rapidly produced , would help better the planet. Tearing the land and invading nature to grow mass amounts of crops is causing our planet, our home to be destroyed. One way to save our home would be to stop the mass production of crops. Not only would this be saving the land, it would also help control the amount of carbon dioxide emissions that are released into the
The United Nations environment panel recently warned that the consumption of resources will triple in 2050 if our population increases at the expected rate. It would require the resource equivalent of three planets to sustain current lifestyles by then. Scientists are working hard to provide this information; however, most of the public is unaware of the imminent danger that is looming ahead. About one-third of the food produced globally is wasted, resulting in a loss of about $250 billion every year. The resulting carbon footprint is also as devastating when it comes to influencing climate change. Americans alone waste one trillion gallons of water each year. Food waste takes its share of that, as water is a main constituent of food. This crisis is unperceived by the public today, which is often driven by the desire to have surpluses of food, water, clothing, technology, and so on. In addition, companies often do little to mitigate this problem as they have their eyes primarily set on profit. For instance, why are millions of new phones are made each year, draining natural resources like tungsten, copper, and even gold, while people get to keep five older versions of the same phone at their home rather than recycling them? The same problem occurs in the clothing industry, leading to bulging closets. I’m concerned that our future generations will inherit a world that is no longer fruitful unless we start practicing strict conservatory methods. The media needs to work harder to help researchers convey their findings and possible solutions. Our future generations will thank us for each small step we take
The articles “The Climate Crisis at the End of Our Fork” by Anna Lappe and “Why Bother?” by Michael Pollan urge us to see the connections between food and the environment. In the article “The Climate Crisis at the End of Our Fork”, Lappe insists the methods used in food production and distribution have a massive impact on the planet. In the article “Why Bother”, Pollan provides us reasons why people should bother to help stop global warming. There are three main causes between food production and food distribution that play a big role in global warming. Changing the way food is produced and distributed could diminish the dangerous effects of global warming. However, in order to stop global warming everyone has to assist as a group instead of individuals.
In the article,” Why Bother” written by Michael Pollen, he explains how the environment has gotten very bad over time. He talks about sustainability, global warming, and the cheap-energy mind in his article. He tells us that we need to act now before the phenomenon gets worse. Have you paid attention to the environment lately? Have you noticed the rising temperature around the world? Have you noticed the melting of the ice caps? If you haven’t you are about to be in for a surprise. The world has gotten very bad and we need to act now. There are a lot of causes to the environmental problems. The main cause are from farmers all around the world. Farmers are a lot more technologically advanced then what they were 50 years ago compared to now. The problem with the farmers are the overuse of energy, erosion of the soil, and pollution. The answer to all of these problems is sustainable agriculture because it is more efficient and better for the environment.
The worlds biomes at the moment are unable to feed the growing global population in the future. They might be able to feed the population now but as the population grows we need to increase the worlds agriculture to provide enough food to feed the growing population. In order to feed the growing population, the world needs to put into action some simple steps to increase food production and to reduce wastage from existing food.
If the nation doesn’t adapt to these major impacts, then we will all end up dying. Food production is also dependent on how much cheap fossil fuel that is available. Cheap fossil fuel will no longer be available as a result of peak oil, so food production will also decrease. The cheap fossil fuel‘s energy will be needed for farm equipment. The energy will also be needed for irrigation and refrigeration. In the mean time, numerous poor ranchers who can 't manage the cost of apparatus, energizes and business homestead inputs end up off guard in the worldwide nourishment economy. Aggravating this are farming arrangements in industrialized nourishment sending out nations that sponsor household makers and dump surpluses onto creating nations, accordingly adding to the financial impediments of the smallholder ranchers in those nations. Accordingly, a huge number of those ranchers are consistently determined bankrupt yearly, those nations are giving expanding need to creation for fare and they are seeing a thriving landless poor urban class. The average foodstuff in America needs about 10 units of fossil fuel energy input for each unit of food energy that is obtained from the food. As energy inputs decline, food calories will decline as well. More products will be too expensive to make and more products will be too expensive for people to buy. This will impact the unemployed people more. Modern food systems are
“If we’re serious about the climate crisis, say’s Lappe, we have to talk about food.” Food processes and consumptions are being overlooked. The only thing that we do know when we shop at our local food markets is that we do not know what is exactly in the food, where it came from, and what route it took to get on to the shelf in our towns. Lappe addresses these questions within her book that sets the scene for many different products, corporations, and the effects that are taking place because of these methods that are helping the global warming crisis. The corporations are not assessing the risk and rewards of food production; they are sucking up the rewards and looking the other way. Taking responsibility is the first step to solving a problem and as you can see in the movie Cowspirarcy no one is willing to admit that food and productions are apart of the global warming event. The long view of our existence means we must take care of our habitat and build today for our children tomorrow instead of thinking about only today. To do this Lappe provides a list of seven principals of a climate friendly diet; “Reach for real food, Put plants on your plate, Don’t panic, go organic, Lean towards local, Finish your peas…the ice caps are melting, Send packaging packing, and Do it yourself
Renowned environmentalist Lester R. Brown wrote about 10 Troubling Trends we’re seeing in in our environment and in our global ecosystem. His fourth point on his list, population growth, is one that has been an issue since the 1950s. As far as our population, urbanization, and industrialization goes, functionalists recognize that while it has been functional in creating a more effective, interdependent, and productive society, it has also been problematic. It has weakened social bonds and an absence of norms. We have began to lose our ability to function effectively. Even with our growth of large complex societies due to the population getting bigger and bigger. Brown’s ninth point on his list is the spreading of hunger. This is a direct
It’s true base on The Race for What’s Left by Micheal T. Klare and World on the Edge by Lester Brown, throw out the both books, theses authors addressing the same people are facing problems that happening now. Authors influence that the water source having a negative impact on the nation, such as a country like Saudi Arabia's the overuse of the water and waste lots had a negative impact of farming land. Even though if there’s rain during the agricultural season. The crops still having a hard time to grow with potential as it needs. Due to burning fossil fuels (coal, natural gasoline, oil), and other greenhouse gasses are driving a rise in worldwide temperature and causing alterations in the climate system. It’s not only affecting the climate,
The current global population of 7.6 billion people is expected to reach 11.2 billion in 2100 (UN DESA), and as the Earth’s population continues to grow exponentially, the topic of environmental sustainability is being debated with increased urgency. In the past few years, many large-scale environmental issues have emerged due to human activities: climate change, air and water pollution, rising sea levels, habitat loss, species extinction, and worsening natural disasters are all becoming more and more prevalent. But perhaps our most immediate concern should be whether or not we will be able to continue feeding this ever-increasing population.
The world’s natural resources are quickly being used up to extinction or are very close to that. From different species of animals to the planet’s natural resources from natural gas to fresh water, our planet’s natural resources are quickly eroding. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has the prediction of complete water scarcity by 2025 to the 1.8 billion people that are predicted to be living in regions with absolutely no water available. (theguardian.com)
Though others choose to ignore it, I acknowledge the fact that our world is dying and it is our fault. This is caused mainly by greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide. Humans create new, seemingly better, technology and pollute the world with them. People feel as though they need technology, need fossil fuels, need to drive large, destructive trucks. In order to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, we need to change our food choices and habits by buying local food, growing our own food, and eating less meat.
The possibility of our planet Earth coming to an end is coming faster than expected. There are theories, documents, and myths about this unrealistic phenomenon that can come true if actions aren’t being taken. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, “The majority of American farmland in modern society is dominated by industrial agriculture – the system of chemically intensive food production developed in the decades after World War II, managing single-crop farms and animal production facilities”(1). The main source and reason why factory farms are active today is because the government’s permission to use corn to feed animals and produce crops. Subsiding corn came about two decades because the high demand for food was increasing and corn is cheaper to use to produce food such as meat and crops. With the practices of using corn in everything that we eat and make came with consequences. One of the consequences of factory farming is the endangerment of our environment. Our environment is very important to us because without it, our Earth will be nothing, but a planet of pure pollution. Society’s demands of food for affordable prices has taken a toll on the environment as we used fossil fuel, not becoming responsible for animal waste being dispose, and regulations not being implemented. However, solutions to saving our environment from the biggest problem of all, global warming, can be solve by eliminating fossil fuels, recycle the wastes and using it to make
Withgott and Laposata are clearly addressing and identifying issues that have and will arise that trouble our environment. The text describes how as the population grows, we will eventually run out of resources, if we do not find a solution or attempt to address these issues now.
For decades, humans have fooled themselves into believing that we would never deplete all of earth’s resources, but because we could not control the population this has become almost inevitable. Not only is the exhaustion of resources a problem we face, but the destruction of these resources is as well. This destruction includes continued urban growth, degradation of land and water resources, massive deforestation, and buildup of greenhouse gases. Pollutants such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), radiation, and pesticides are all physical environmental factors found in air, land, or water that are damaging the planet. They recognize no political boundaries. Not only are resources affected but nature and many of its elements are in danger. Populations are being wiped out, species, and communities of plants, animals, and microorganisms that are working parts of our life-support systems are being destroyed. These are all partly responsible for the delivery of ecosystem services, which are the most irreversible of all losses. Just one element of biodiversity, species diversity, is disappearing at a rate estimated to be 1000 to 10,000 times the "background" rate, which is the more or less constant extinction rate that biologists presume to occur naturally over