Ironically, “food is the source of the environmental catastrophe” was the rallying cry of attendees at the most recent biannual congress of food producers, which took place in Turin, Italy.
Farmers from all over the world, including the United States, Japan, Australia, Uganda, and Italy, gathered in Italy for the Terra Madre Salone del Gusto event, which was organized by the Slow Food movement. They discussed the ways in which “man-made” calamities such as droughts, floods, fire, storms, heatwaves, and insect plagues have caused them to lose their means of subsistence.
The production of food is responsible for roughly 37 percent of the world’s total emissions of greenhouse gases, according to the movement. Conventional agriculture, according to Slow Food President Edward Mukiibi, seeks to maximize production by means of large-scale ranches that depend on mono-crops nourished by greenhouse gas-emitting fertilizers, protected by pesticides that damage biodiversity, and harvested by combines and tractors that emit fossil fuels.
According to Mukiibi, “Industrial farming may well be able to provide food at a lower cost, but it comes at a significant cost to the ecosystem.”
Food production can be made more adaptable in the face of climate change by implementing climate-smart farming practices and taking a rather more flexible approach to the question of “what is farmed where.” Proponents of the organization pointed out that these two things can be accomplished by adopting climate-smart farming practices.
According to Aryn Baker, the senior international climate & environment reporter for Time, “But even then, that might not be enough – barring dramatic cuts in fossil fuel consumption, some countries would likely have to abandon farming totally in the near future.”
Baker continued by saying that the “evangelists” of the movement are advocating for change, to begin with, individual choices. Some of these options include shopping locally, switching to organic products, consuming less meat, and minimizing food waste.
Analysts are beginning to wonder why “grassroots” groups like Slow Food are trying to persuade food producers to engage in self-sabotage by discouraging them from using fertilizers. If they are successful, this might lead to a complete cessation of food production.
As a result of many recent occurrences, including the pandemic caused by the Wuhan virus and the conflict in Ukraine, the whole globe is now experiencing the negative effects of a diminishing food supply and skyrocketing commodity prices. A significant number of individuals will, sooner rather than later, find that they are unable to purchase food in any form.