President Obama's speech at the Seed & Chips Global Food Innovation Summit

The Guardian captured President Obama's recent speech in Milan at the Seed & Chips Global Food Innovation Summit. He touches on the importance of understanding how food is related to climate, the slew of benefits that come with populations' access to healthy foods, and how technology has changed - and will continue to change - the way we eat and work.

He also discusses at length his own efforts as president to include and engage young people in activism:
"The problem is that so often, young people’s voices aren’t heard, and when they want to get involved in issues, they don’t know how, and they don’t have the tools."

Hopefully, ClimateX can act as such a tool for young people to get involved! @ClimateXCommunity: do you know of any good resources for learning how to eat sustainably? 



Diana Chapman Walsh's picture

Part of the problem is that

Part of the problem is that we tend to conceive of dietary practices largely in the realm of personal preferences and cultural norms, and those factors are certainly important.

But the cigarette smoking example is instructive. It took an integrated suite of evidence-based information, education, social marketing and legal interventions to shift the social norms related to tobacco use and gradually to reduce the enormous burden of death and disability related to smoking. The industry had to be confronted too. Meet-eating is similar and I expect it will take a concerted campaign to turn the tide of opinion and behavior. Michael Pollan is making a difference. Taking a lead from him, each of us can be advocates for a healthier and more humane diet. As Pollan recommends, we can "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." And we can tell others--in non-combative, non-judgmental ways they can hear--why we are making this commitment, what it means to us.

Rajesh Kasturirangan's picture

Food supply chains are

Food supply chains are enormously wasteful, as we all know, even when we eat organic or local.

Economic pressures are relentless and pushing us in the direction of greater consolidation - Amazon's recent acquisition of Whole Foods being a perfect example. What will that do to carbon emissions?

Laura Howells's picture

sustainable eating can be so

sustainable eating can be so difficult, especially when it comes to buying and eating meat.

For me, I try to only eat meat once or twice a week and if I eat fish or seafood I go for local stuff where possible (this is a great guide for sustainable US fish). 

I'd be really interested in how people think we can make sustainability easy for people on a budget - the local organic produce is often the most expensive and therefore inaccessible to most people.