Beyond "stemming" the effects of climate change on agriculture however, the way we produce food has the potential to substantially address and even reverse many of the root causes driving climate change.
I got the chance to be in an inspiring place where you can actually breathe knowledge and engagement for social-economic and human causes, namely poverty eradication and food access ( or accessibility) to all.
It goes without saying that wasting that much food is going to put a big dent in your food budget, so if you are getting healthy on a budget, then lowering your food waste is something you should really try and focus on.
Here's a shameful statistic: Up to a third of the world's food is wasted. In the developing world, that's 400 to 500 calories per person per day. But in the developed world, it's as much as 1,500 calories per person.
As part of an ongoing fundraiser with TerraCycle, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank's staff have been collecting yogurt containers and shampoo bottles in the break room. Three months in, we'd managed to fill up a couple of copy paper boxes. Then Whitehall Middle School got a hold of the idea.
We are leaving 2013 will less ignorance and more understanding. New tools and research are opening our understanding much wider than before. But will we act on this? Knowledge can spur action, but this path is not guaranteed.
What is it going to take to change this murky landscape sooner rather than later? The irony is when there is an outbreak of a food-borne illness from consuming something bought at a grocery store, within a day or two, the government agencies are able to pinpoint the culprit source.