Sustainable diets are necessary and inevitable
As global population surges toward 9.1 billion people by 2050, western diets rich in meat and dairy products will become unsustainable, according to a United Nations Environment Program’s report re-leased earlier this week. (www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jun/02/un-report-meat-free-diet)
The report was prepared by the International Panel of Sustainable Resource Management, drawing on dozens of smaller studies. It notes that agricultural production accounts for 70 percent of global freshwater use, 38 percent of land use and 19 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.
The panel concludes that, just as fossil fuels will be gradually replaced by renewable, pollution-free energy sources like wind and solar power, meat and dairy products in the world’s diet will need to be replaced by vegetables, fruits, and grains. Both shifts are absolutely necessary to reduce production of greenhouse gases and consumption of natural resources and to ensure planetary survival into the foreseeable future.
As Americans, we have a special obligation to lead the rest of the world in a healthful diet of vegetables, fruits, and grains — a diet designed to prevent global starvation, while protecting our natural environment and safeguarding personal health. Each of us can start with our next trip to our supermarket.
Twenty/20 my kind of restaurant
Thank you for publishing David Boylan’s review of twenty/20 restaurant. As a member of Slowfood San Diego, I appreciate a conscientious chef (Reed Anderson) located in North County. I’m tired of driving south in this traffic, to eat at an organic restaurant. Most recently we were at The Linkery, behind the North Park Theater. The good news is it’s 95 percent organic produce and meat. The bad news is, it’s 50 miles round-trip!
I wish someone here in Encinitas would do a similar menu. I know the next time I dine out, it’ll be at the Sheraton Carlsbad.
Leon “Lee” Juskalian
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