Climate Change and Food

It is estimated that the average American meal travels about 1500 miles to get from farm to plate. Furthermore, according to Martin C. Heller and Gregory A. Keoleianthe of the Center for Sustainable Systems in Ann Arbor, MI, as much as 40% of energy used in the food system goes towards the production of artificial fertilizers and pesticides. Producing and distributing them requires an average of 5.5 gallons of fossil fuels per acre. The production of chemicals and the transportation of food over long distances clearly have obvious implications for global climate change. Producing food in the backyard using organic techniques clearly represents a viable and sustainable lifestyle that we can begin today with little cost to us and the planet.