Close your eyes and imagine to be on a beach. It is sunrise. Enjoy the breeze, the first rays of sunshine peeping out from the purple-lilac clouds, the smell of salty water. The smell of peace. The smell of earth. Enjoy this moment, enjoy this feeling. Evidently after summer, we all feel a sense of redemption. Yet, once back from the summer holidays, we all realise it is time to get back to work and to keep on thinking of ways to safeguarding the world’s resources, to mitigate the impact of climate crisis.
Emissions VS organic food production
The main problem is that the food sector is responsible for almost a third of global greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. The way we are farming is gradually reducing biodiversity and living beings, making our ecosystems less resistant.
However, organic agriculture is among the different sustainable methods having a better impact on environment. It is carried in respect of European regulations, and, thanks to the use of natural resources, it avoids extreme exploitation of soil, water, and air. The use of pesticides has been reduced in the framework of climate neutral plans, and is meant to be replaced by traditional techniques, like organic fertilisation or crop rotation to allow soil enrichment. To kill parasites, farmers use bacteria or insects instead. However, to go organic means rebuilding a balance among farmers, companies, retailers, consumers, throughout the whole food chain.
SAFE as an EU climate ambassador
The ambition to make Europe the first climate neutral continent by 2050 will only be successful if everyone – from individuals to organisations, from local and national governments – takes action.
European Climate Pact Ambassadors designate individuals or entities that aim to make a change in the domain of climate action, by supporting and developing initiatives that help mitigate climate change while also educating individuals on sustainable practices. While reinforcing the resilience and sustainability of our food systems is a top priority, as set out in the EU Farm to Fork Strategy, this is not enough.
At SAFE we stress the importance of being part of a wider effort to reach the EU emissions targets by 2050, while informing consumers about the strategies they could use to eat more sustainably. “Over the years, we have been striving for better food systems that will support consumers to make better choices”, Secetary General Floriana Cimmarusti told in an interview for the last European Climate Pact newsletter.
Considering the interconnection between food and the environment, SAFE has ceaselessly strived to promote sounder consumption habits and more sustainable agricultural practices through concrete initiatives seeking to fight food waste, to raise awareness on food safety issues, and to share knowledge and foster good practices.
Green your diet, green your mind
We can reduce our carbon footprint by making small, environmentally conscious food choices – without compromising on quality. If we have the means and possibility, we should train our green fingers, by growing vegetables at home, by giving scraps a second life, by having a more plant-based diet. No matter how much you are passionate about sustainable food and farming, you could always become an Ambassador or Friend of the Pact and lead your own slow-food movement.
The more we spread the word, the more we will try and heal the world. What is the purpose of our daily little choices if they cannot affect others’ habits? We should think more about the fact that we are not only guests on this planet, hence we should care more about its future. When we produce what we will eat, we should do it without compromising future generations’ ability to do the same.