Green is the new black is a part of an ecological project that Orla contributor, Nicole, is doing for Radio ARA Graffiti as part of her service volontaire civique. The aim of the radio show is to bring attention to ecological issues and problems that the earth and humanity are dealing with right now.
For her third show in the series, Nicole decided to tackle the almost endless topic of the environmental impact our current food industry has on this little planet we call home, you know the one? Earth.
Six years ago, UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) commissioned a scientific assessment that confirmed,
“Agriculture and food consumption are one of the most important drivers of environmental pressure, especially; habitat change, climate change, fish depletion, water use and toxic emissions.”
As an example, in the U.S.A, the world’s largest agricultural producer, agrochemicals alone are responsible for the vast majority of eco-toxicity to freshwater sources. This figure is even scary if you consider that agriculture is responsible for 70% of global freshwater consumption and that 663 million people lack access to safe water…….but that’s a discussion that has deep humanitarian impacts and perhaps better left for another time.
Water is just one of the many topics that Nicole discusses. She also talks to Pit Reichert, from Terra, about Community-supported agriculture (CSA) and the many benefits that this particular model of agriculture and food distribution has on the environment.
Water resources, carbon footprints and the use of toxic herbicides and fertilizers, like glysophate, are just a selection of the issues discussed. Which may leave many listeners thinking, “That’s all well and good, Nicole, but how can I become more directly responsible?”
Well dear listeners, stay tuned as Nicole discusses in detail the impact of food packaging and consumer food waste, two things all of us can change RIGHT NOW to reduce the damage we engage in on a daily basis!
I don’t want to give too much away, because, as Marty McFly would say, “This is heavy,” but as a taster, did you know that if one-fourth of the food currently lost or wasted globally could be saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people in the world? Yep, that isn’t a typo folks, 870 million hungry people.
One of the last areas, Nicole speaks about is the benefits that transitioning to a vegetarian or vegan diet has on the environment. Now if you hadn’t guessed it already, this is where I come in. Not as Alix, contributor at Orla, but in one of my many other guises; Facebooks’ – A Vegan in Luxembourg, Meat Free Monday Luxembourg coordinator and most recently (literally last week) Luxembourg’s ambassador for Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution!
Nicole and I climb up there onto our ‘plant based’ high horses and talk about the impact animal agriculture is having on the environment. As a special bonus for you, dear Orla readers, below is the info graphic, that the awesome ‘Cowspiracy’ folk produced on this very topic…..I know, we are just too kind. It’s sobering reading and in reality it’s quite simple; we literally do not have enough land on Earth to feed a growing population an animal based diet.
Nicole’s show will most certainly raise your awareness of the issues regarding today’s modern food industry and its environmental impact. If she does her job properly, which I know she will, Nicole will realize the purpose of her ecological project,
“By making small changes in our everyday life we can make a huge difference for the Environment and every living and non living creature, we can save our future!”
– Nicole Olenskaia
You can listen to the podcast here!
Happy Listening Folks and remember…..”There is No Planet B!”
Photo Credits: Ara City Radio (hand-lettering “Nicole” by Linda Dieschbourg) / Death To Stock Photography / Jamie Oliver/ Cowspiracy