Lets Not Eat Up Our Planet
03 Dec 2015
As the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) takes place in Paris from November 30 to December 11, Slow Food says:
'Food production represents one of the main causes—and victims—of climate change, and could also become one of the solutions...
Established in the 1950s, the modern industrial agrifood model is based on certain distinctive features: the growing use of oil derivatives, like fertilizers, pesticides and fuel for agricultural machinery; and production on a vast scale, based on a very restricted range of plant varieties and animal breeds; the indiscriminate exploitation of natural resources like soil, water, forests and oceans, considered no more than raw materials to be consumed.
This model is based on an idea of infinite growth, but our planet’s resources are finite... The impact of this system—on the environment, society and human health—is proving increasingly devastating...The transport, processing and distribution of the food also contributes to the environmental impact of this production model.
What we need is a completely different system, of production, distribution and access to food... We need a radical paradigm shift—economic, social and cultural—and the promotion of a new kind of agriculture, one that is sustainable and respectful of the environment.'