By 2050

on Monday, 08 August 2016.

I’d like to keep this column going but I need some more ideas! Please email me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) some of the things that have worked for you, and I may include these in future columns.  We can all learn something from our friends and fellow congregants and together we can make a difference!

By 2050, the world’s population will reach 10 billion. (That’s 30% more than today.) The World Wildlife Fund predicts the world’s demand for food will double. Agriculture already uses 40% of the earth’s land and 70% of the fresh water we consume today. It is the leading cause of deforestation and responsible for 25% of the greenhouse gasses we emit. We need to reduce our consumption and we need to waste less. Can we do it?

There are simple steps we can all take:

Waste less food; Some of the best soups I make include vegetables that I’ve put in the freezer to use later because they weren’t as fresh as we might like. We throw away close to half of the food we produce in this country.  Already 40% of the earth’s land and 70% of the fresh water we consume today is devoted to feeding the planet.

Eat less meat. 70% of all agricultural land use is devoted to livestock production. It takes 5 to 7 pounds of grain and 2500 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of meat. It takes 25 gallons of water to grow 1 pound of wheat.

Still don’t feel the need to make any changes? By 2085, well within the lifespan of our younger children and grandchildren, the earth’s population will double. It is time to think about what each of us can do to ease the burden on the planet.

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