Saving the global food system more complex than changing your diet

Jennifer Clapp in a firld in the fallJennifer Clapp, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability along with her graduate student Caitlin Scott penned an editorial in The Guardian on why the focus on carbon has diverted our attention from other areas of the food system that are just as problematic for the environment.

Buying locally, choosing certified items, reducing meat and dairy intake: while helpful, these individual efforts aren't enough to ensure that the global food system doesn't trash the planet.

Up to this point, we've been fed simple messages about the scope of the problem, and we've been given specific advice about how we can address it individually. Simplicity and a sense of our own agency are important in communicating messages that can contribute to broader change. But, we must be wary of reducing complex problems into overly-simplified sound bites that gloss over serious aspects of the problem and place too much responsibility on those with the least leverage.

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