Everyone wants to eat healthy food for a healthy body.But how can we create healthy food systems for a healthy planet?
Currently, our industrial food systems are creating havoc with our environment. Runaway climate change, increased levels of corporate control, high levels of food waste, forest clearing, soil erosion, water scarcity and pollution are just a few of the byproducts of our current systems. The connection between deforestation-related emissions and agricultural expansion is well documented. According to the Climate Land Use Alliance, commercial agriculture causes 71% of tropical deforestation. The continued industrialization of four commodities in particular––palm oil, pulp & paper, soy, and beef––pose serious risks to our global forests and climate.
We are also facing the extinction of key species, the disappearance of crop diversity, and increased food insecurity and racial inequity as a result of the way we produce the majority of food today.
Today, our industrial agriculture system is driving roughly one third of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These greenhouse gasses are largely from converting tropical forests to feed crops and other livestock uses. Methane emissions from this industrial farming are another destructive byproduct. The livestock sector is directly responsible for more than 14% of all global GHG emissions. It is the single largest source of food-sector emissions. In fact, approximately 30% of all land and 75% of agricultural land on the planet is devoted to the production of livestock or animal feed according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
So how can we transform the global food system?
Rainforest Action Network is exploring the intersection of agribusiness and climate change to identify where leverage exists to create large-scale systemic change. As a corporate campaigning organization, we are interested in the industrial meat sector since some of the biggest corporations in the world are investing in animal agriculture. It’s one of the most powerful, profitable sectors on the globe, controlled by five key industries that are responsible for some of the most destructive environmental impacts of our time––pharmaceutical, agrochemicals, animal feed, petroleum and meat.
RAN’s history is built on such work. In 1985, RAN launched a successful campaign to pressure Burger King to cancel $35 million worth of Central American beef contracts that were driving conversion of rainforests to grazing land.
So take action with RAN to demand that the biggest and most egregious global meat producers, starting with Tyson Foods, adopt comprehensive meat sector and palm oil policies that include compiling and making public data on the rainforest conversion, global greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity, and water impacts of its meat and feed businesses.
Demand Tyson Foods Adopt a Responsible Food Policy
As one of the most influential players in the global processed meat market and one of the biggest corporate laggards that refuses to deal with its Conflict Palm Oil problem, we need to push Tyson Foods to adopt a responsible food policy with commitments on responsible production of palm oil and meat.
How can we foster a Responsible Food System?
How does the food system impact our climate?
How does meat production and consumption impact biodiversity?
How does food production impact global water resources?
How does a lack of global food security and food sovereignty affect people and planet?
There could be more than enough food to go around. It’s within our power to demand a responsible food system that fosters a world where producers and consumers, not corporations, control our food system. http://bit.ly/1TZW8K9
Take Action: Reclaim our food system from corporate control
Bad farm policies and unchecked corporate consolidation have driven out much of the diversity in the marketplace and food system, creating powerful agribusiness giants who control much of what ends up on our plate. http://bit.ly/1NUaOvn
Can meat consumption reduction campaigns solve the climate crisis?
If left unchecked, worldwide meat consumption and production could lead to species loss, climate risks, poverty, and social breakdown as large meat-producing companies continue to displace small-scale farmers. http://bit.ly/1Naag0O
Racial and gender equity in our food system
What role do commodity feed crops play in industrial meat production?
RAN and Racing Extinction: Exposing global drivers of extinction
Responsible Food Blogs
2016: From Financiers to the Forest Floor
Tyson Foods brings Conflict Palm Oil and factory farmed meat to the table: Ahead of the US Thanksgiving holiday, a look at the true cost of cheap, industrial food
Palm Oil: Bad for Forests, and Your Health
It’s well documented that Conflict Palm Oil production is terrible for human rights, forests and the climate. The big question remains: why is it in 50% of packaged foods at the grocery store? And what is the impact for those that eat it on a daily basis? Is palm oil even healthy for us?
Tyson: Stop Conflict Palm Oil & Factory Farming
Tyson Foods is a massive company that has a devastating impact on countless people, animals and our planet. This corporate giant profits from “processing” chicken, cows and pigs into meat products, and since its recent acquisition of Hillshire Brands, its major brands like Sara Lee are tied to Conflict Palm Oil.
Big Food Tries to Buy Its Way to a Healthy Image
Yesterday, snack food giant Hormel bought Justin’s Nut Butter for $286 million. This is another example of Big Food attempting to buy its way into a healthy image, acquiring small health food companies as fast as they can. When General Mills bought out Annie’s Mac & Cheese, for instance, hundreds of thousands of incited mothers felt personally wronged and vowed to boycott their kids’ favorite product forevermore.
Big Food Wins Dietary Guidelines Battle
What’s the story behind that Trader Joe’s palm oil?
Don’t Let Big Food Prevail Over Science
Eat Plan(e)t-Based on March 20, Join Meatout 2015!
John Vandermeer’s book, “Breakfast of Biodiversity” – an overview of the ways in which the international banking system, industrial agriculture, rainforest ecology, and the struggles of the poor interact to drive tropical deforestation http://www.amazon.com/Breakfast-Of-Biodiversity-Political-Destruction/dp/093502896X