Climate change is one of the most discussed phenomena among us. Whether it is the pattern change in rain falls, the sudden rise and fall of temperatures or sea level rising, climate change has become one of the greatest challenges for humanity.
What causes climate change? Whom should we blame for it? And the important question that we all are indebted to ask but always use as an excuse “What can we do about it?”
There are many reasons for this unpredictable weather and global warming. Some are natural and some are man-made. Volcanic eruptions and change in solar energy are the natural causes. But, man-made causes are many. GreenHouse Gas emissions, deforestation, agriculture and farming livestock are few of them. Human activities have been a dominant cause and we are suffering tremendously from the after effects.
The disruptive changes in climate and its pattern affect the production of crops, vegetables and fruits too. The severe hot or cold weather, fire, drought, and heavy rainfall causes heavy damages in the food production and food supply sector in many countries in Africa and Asia. The fire and rise in temperatures are causing trouble in the U.S. Heavy drought has caused a huge downturn in the production of crops in Europe. Climate change triggers and drags down productivity in agriculture and farming. It not only worsens the weather and food availability, but it has a huge impact on the overall health of all living things too, including us.
Actually, we add hazards even before we start agriculture and farming. Natural habitats and ecosystems are destroyed when a land is cleared for agriculture. Deforestation causes climate change as trees are capable of carbon sinks in our environment. The balance of the ecosystem becomes fragile and it causes more damage.
The usage of fertilizers and pesticides are also prone to air and water pollution. When they are accumulated on crops, it takes a toll on our health as well. Using pesticide for better crops not only affects the pests and weeds but also the good contributing ones too.
Fossil fuels are also a big part of agriculture as they are used in farm equipment. They emit Greenhouse Gases polluting the air, water and soil. The manure from livestock animals are also excreted as gaseous waste. Monocultures farms tend to damage the soil by continuing the production of a single crop every time. Even after harvesting, the transportation, packaging and distribution are connected to GHG emissions, pollutants etc.
The food sector and climate change are said to be on each other’s throats.Many of us are not even aware that the food sector is causing climate change in a very dangerous way. How can a considerably good thing that helps feed the whole human kind cause such a ruckus?Farming and agriculture is a good thing. How can it affect climate change?
From the basic step of farming to the final step of consuming food, every process takes a not so small part in this deadly phenomenon. 15% of Greenhouse Gas emissions are contributed by livestock. It is a clear indicator that there is no point in blaming only the fossil fuel emissions for the drastic climate changes that is happening around us.
Following a sustainable living can make a humongous difference. Reducing the use of fossil fuels, lessening the consumption of meat and dairy products, and not doing monoculture farming will help reduce climate catastrophes.
Using Solar or Wind energy can make up to almost every fossil fuel energy source that we need agricultural wise or industrial wise. Sustainable farming and organic produce of food are much healthier choices and help you live in harmony in a well-balanced ecosystem. Reshaping the food system and the structure will also be beneficial.
Buying local organic produce and growing your own vegetables and herbs can also help having a healthy food habit at your home. It reduces the chemical consumption as well as the burning of fuels by transportation.
Revival is actively involved in creating awareness for sustainable living. Every action matters and Revival is the torch bearer for eco- friendly farming and living. By providing traditional organic food with a touch of modern technology Revival is showing the fine balance between us and nature.
It may seem hard but every journey should start with taking the first step and willing to continue it. Food is essential for surviving. Let us try to have a meal that makes us full both in body and mind. This earth is not only for this generation to live. Live and let live policy is not a hard one to achieve. Every effort matters. It may seem nothing or even small. But it is always the small little drops that make the ocean. Don’t work for a better tomorrow, Work for a better today.