So you’ve already signed A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment, and you don’t want Earth Day (April 22) to go by unobserved. What can you do? Over the next 21 days, I will be offering practical and productive suggestions for how you can honor the Earth this Earth Day.
Many people may not realize that a major source of carbon emissions and pollution is the food industry — especially the transportation of food. Locavores are people who try to get all of their food within 100 miles of where they live.
The meat industry is particularly eco-illogical. Animal agriculture not only produces greenhouse gases, but also accounts for a major portion of land use (including both grazing land and growing feed crops), and thus is responsible for record levels of deforestation and species loss. Meat production is extremely inefficient — the production of a pound of meat requires many times its weight in grain. Runoff from factory farms is also a major source of pollution of water ways. According to some estimates, the meat industry is more environmentally destructive than any other industry!