Eat for the Earth

From 02/28/ 7:00 pm until 02/28/ 8:30 pm
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CAAV kicks off the spring 2018 “Solutions” forum series on February 28, 7-8:30 pm, in the Fire and Rescue Training classroom at the Rockingham County Administration Center, 57 E. Gay, Harrisonburg “Eat for the Earth, ” plant-based diets and wasted food, will be discussed by Dr. Megan Tracy, Anthropology Professor at JMU specializing in the anthropology of food. If we could solve these two issues, we would have achieved the 3rd and 4th most important solutions to address climate change. CAAV, the Climate Action Alliance of the Valley, is devoting our spring forums to 5 of the top 100 solutions Paul Hawkens and his fellow researchers enumerate in the new book, "Drawdown:" "Plant-rich diets reduce emissions and also tend to be healthier, leading to lower rates of chronic disease. According to a 2016 study, business-as-usual emissions could be reduced by as much as 70 percent through adopting a vegan diet and 63 percent for a vegetarian diet, which includes cheese, milk, and eggs. $1 trillion in annual health-care costs and lost productivity would be saved. The food we waste is responsible for roughly 8 percent of global emissions. Losing food to one waste heap or another is an issue in both high- and low-income countries. In places where income is low, wastage is generally unintentional and occurs earlier in the supply chain—food rots on farms or spoils during storage or distribution. In regions of higher income, willful food waste dominates farther along the supply chain. Retailers and consumers reject food based on bumps, bruises, and coloring, or simply order, buy, and serve too much." Free: Meatless meat samples from the Friendly City Food Co-op! In March we'll look at solutions 6 and 7, Educating Women and Family Planning, and in April we'll learn about the surprising top solution, Refrigerant Management.

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