Food and Agriculture

Regenerative Agriculture is a system of farming principles and practices that seeks to rehabilitate and enhance the entire ecosystem of the farm by placing a heavy premium on soil health with attention also paid to water management, fertilizer use, and more. The agriculture sector is one of the biggest emitters of CO2, the greenhouse gas (GHG) most responsible for the changes we are seeing in our climate today.

At Rodale Institute, we have proven that organic agriculture and,
specifically, regenerative organic agriculture can sequester carbon
from the atmosphere and reverse climate change.

Farmers for Climate Solutions is a farmer-led campaign to make agriculture part of the solution to climate change.

Second Harvest is Canada’s largest food rescue charity with a dual mission of environmental protection and hunger relief.
We redistribute nutritious, unsold food from across Canada to charities, non-profits and indigenous communities in every province and territory.

The Environmental Impact of Food Packaging

Modern food packaging provides a way to make food safe, reliable, shelf-stable and clean. Unfortunately, most food packaging is designed to be single use and is not recycled.  While packaging can be essential for certain functions, the industry has evolved with little concern for the environment or for human health. To minimise the negative effects of packaging on the environment, we need to reduce packaging waste. Recycling should be our last resort.

Philippinen Putzaktion auf der Freedom-Insel und Markenprüfung
Volunteers with Greenpeace Philippines clean up a heavily polluted beach in Manila

Because so much food packaging (especially plastic) has ended up in waterways, the United Nations has declared the plastic pollution of oceans “a planetary crisis.”

According to the CBC Documentary  Plastic Wars the problem is only going to get worse. By 2050, it’s estimated the global production of plastic will triple. As the oil and gas industry — which provides the source materials for plastics —  faces a future of declining demand for fuel, it has turned to other markets. 

The stakes are high, says Annie Leonard, executive director of Greenpeace USA. “This is their lifeline,” she says. “They are going to double down on single-use plastic like we have never seen. So we’re heading towards a real battle…. This is the big war.”