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Food in the Environment 

One of the biggest (if not biggest) problems for the Global Warming issue is the aspect of food. The growing, harvesting and transportation of food in all its various guises carries a large percentage of all energy used.

Vast tracts of beautiful forests are cleared for pasture land to graze cattle to satisfy the insatiable appetite of western societies “fast food” lifestyle.The transportation of millions of tons of meat half way round the globe to end up causing an obesity epidemic in first world countries is obscene.

That food cannot be sourced local to demand is one of the first criteria all governments need to address.With the massive urbanisation of countries normally associated with farming the process is reaching a point of no return. Land that has for centuries been arable is now being developed and will never return to its main use, growing food for local people.Farmers whose skills are downgraded are now learning new skills to produce goods which will add to the overall problem.

Food in the Environment One of the biggest (if not biggest) problems for the Global Warming issue is the aspect of food. The growing, harvesting and transportation of food in all its various guises carries a large percentage of all energy used.

Vast tracts of beautiful forests are cleared for pasture land to graze cattle to satisfy the insatiable appetite of western societies “fast food” lifestyle.The transportation of millions of tons of meat half way round the globe to end up causing an obesity epidemic in first world countries is obscene.

That food cannot be sourced local to demand is one of the first criteria all governments need to address.With the massive urbanisation of countries normally associated with farming the process is reaching a point of no return. Land that has for centuries been arable is now being developed and will never return to its main use, growing food for local people.Farmers whose skills are downgraded are now learning new skills to produce goods which will add to the overall problem.

That speciality foods are flown in commercial aircraft from one part of the globe to another makes a mockery of environmental issues.Wealthy people demanding fruits and vegetables from far way sources should be banned especially when local grown produce is very similar.Another contentious issue is the land that is now going over to bio mass for fuel.

To convert good agricultural land into energy production is a debatable issue but clear felling pristine rain forests for bio fuels is a disaster.Large areas of America can absorb this transition and it may be of short term benefit to the stretched farmers.

To remove the rain forests of Borneo with all of its beautiful wildlife is a travesty beyond comprehension.Once the transition has taken place there is no going back and the impact on the environment is catastrophic.For a few litres of palm nut oil a whole eco system is removed for ever.

Local government officials, usually corrupt, allow this disaster to happen and pockets are lined amongst the people who are least affected.The greed associated with this issue is what stops common sense prevailing and thousands of acres are allowed to be ruined for short term gain.

A universal body should be formed immediately to prevent the destruction with military action used if people do not obey the international requirements.

Talking in many instances is useless as local officials stall any decisions due to their greed.That Zimbabwe has been allowed to lose its wonderful farming culture is an international disgrace. The same applies to many countries run by corrupt dictators and their cronies.

People need better education on food and its benefits when produced locally.Diets need to be changed as clearly shown in most western societies where people are causing chaos in the medical services with obesity becoming a number one killer.

Fats in all forms derived from over production of animals are a sad indication of unnecessary wastage. It has been proven that vegetable diets are beneficial to mankind negating the need to transport vast quantities of meat stuffs from far afield.With the reduction in transport, fuel requirements will be reduced and so a cycle of benefits to the environment will start. Local food, less transport, less fuel, less pressure on land for energy a win win situation all round.

Farmers will return to their essential part of the local community and land management will return to the centuries old proven pattern.Health will improve as well as other spins offs such as medical costs being lowered.

 
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