- 1 in every 7 people in the world go to bed hungry
- over 20,000 children under the age of 5 die from hunger every day
- global food production uses 25% of the Earth’s habitable land
- global food production accounts for 70% of freshwater consumption and 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions
- the UN Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that a third of global food production (1.3 billion tons of food) is either wasted or lost – food waste is a huge drain on natural resources
- Eat low on the food chain. Can’t remember why we should consume less meat? Be sure to read the meat-free friday post that explains the issue.
- Try growing your own food. Food doesn’t have to travel (think greenhouse gas emissions), if you grow it in your backyard. These are just a couple of our garden boxes – so far, we’ve got radishes, carrots, snow peas, tomatoes, basil, zucchini, cucumber, thyme, rosemary, blueberries, figs, okra, and cantalope going in our little 1/3 acre yard.
- Try composting – it’s a great way to enrich your garden and reduce food waste
- Buy in bulk – it reduces food packaging.
- Eat leftovers! Don’t throw that food away – save it! Everyday Leftovers is a fun website that provides ideas for “re-creating” those leftovers. And always reheat in class containers, not plastic!
Happy World Environment Day to all the greenmomsters who know as the Lorax did,
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better.