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  • Writer's pictureMateusz Górecki

Ecological sustainability

Ecological sustainability has become an increasingly important concern in today's society, as we are faced with pressing environmental issues such as climate change and biodiversity loss. One area where we can make a significant impact on the environment is in the production and consumption of food. The food industry is responsible for a significant proportion of greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, water pollution, and biodiversity loss. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), food systems are responsible for around 25% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

The world population is projected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, which will put further pressure on the already strained global food system. The challenge is not only to produce enough food to feed the growing population, but also to produce food in a sustainable manner that does not harm the environment or compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Especially in recent years the topic of sustainable food production and consumption has become very important, but it is not a new concept. Throughout history, humans have developed various food production and consumption practices that were sustainable and well-adapted to their local environments. However, the rise of industrialization and globalization has led to a significant shift in food systems, with negative impacts on the environment, public health, and social equity. In the mid-20th century, a paradigm shift occurred in agriculture, with the introduction of industrialized agricultural practices. These practices were designed to maximize productivity and efficiency, but often at the expense of the environment and public health. The use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals led to soil degradation, water pollution, and loss of biodiversity. Large-scale monoculture farming also led to the loss of traditional crop varieties and decreased resilience in the face of climate change. In response to these negative impacts, a growing movement emerged in the 1970s that emphasized the importance of sustainable and locally-based food systems. This movement focused on organic and biodynamic farming, community-supported agriculture, and the preservation of traditional food cultures. The movement also highlighted the importance of equitable access to healthy and sustainable food for all people. Today, the issue of sustainable food practices has become more urgent than ever, with the effects of climate change and environmental degradation becoming increasingly apparent. The need to transition to more sustainable food systems is not only a matter of environmental protection but also a matter of social and economic justice. By prioritizing the health of the planet and its inhabitants, we can work towards a more equitable and sustainable future. By adopting sustainable food practices, we can reduce our carbon footprint, promote biodiversity, and improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities around the world. The good news is that there are many methods for promoting ecological sustainability in food production and consumption, ranging from small-scale local initiatives to global campaigns. In this essay, we will explore several methods for promoting ecological sustainability in food production and consumption, including the KM0/Slow Food movement, seasonal food, vegetarian and vegan diets, and reducing food waste through the use of food leftovers. We will examine the benefits and limitations of each method, as well as real-world examples of their implementation. By exploring these methods, we hope to provide insights into the complex issue of ecological sustainability in the food industry and encourage readers to take action in promoting sustainable food practices. #youth #ecology #Ecological sustainability #erasmus+ #greensq

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