Eat Local Foods
A Sustainable Solution
Big factory farmers like Monsanto are causing large-scale deforestation as they need large amounts of land to function. Small, local farms do not require this. Factory farms are also very energy-intensive, meaning that they require a lot of energy for their processes. Beyond carbon, factory farming is a huge producer of methane and nitrous oxide; methane from livestock and nitrous oxide from fertilizers. A 2006 study estimates that livestock farming produced 37% and 65% of the world's methane and nitrous oxide emissions respectively. Organic, local farmers do not have these effects, or at least not as much. Not only is it good to support local businesses, but they are also imperative in the fight against climate change.
“Environmental Damage.” Compassion in World Farming. Accessed June 20, 2020. https://www.ciwf.org.uk/factory-farming/environmental-damage/.
Image: “Is Eating Locally Grown Food Healthier for You?” Virtua Weight Loss & Wellness, NJ. Accessed June 20, 2020. https://www.virtua.org/-/media/Images/Virtua%20Enterprise/Virtua%20Corporate/Virtua%20Site/eat%20local-teaser