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A Garden -not carbon- Footprint

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Gardening connects us to the unique agriculture of our region, sometimes in our own backyards. In her lecture last week honoring Seattle Tilth’s 30th Anniversary, Anna Lappe’, author and food activist, emphasized such connection. She made an accounting of the real cost of food, factors that are not fully disclosed to consumers, and ones which are difficult to face:

  • Industrial global food production is responsible for at least 33% of green house gas emissions.
  • India and China now want something like an American diet, which will at least double demand for meat and dairy worldwide.
  • People tend not to connect food with environmental degradation, and we must begin to educate ourselves about that.

Some solutions are known, she says:

  • Decrease meat consumption.
  • Buy organic; organic farming techniques decrease food-related greenhouse emissions.
  • Buy seasonal food from local vendors and Farmers Markets.
  • Plant an edible garden somewhere.

Anna Lappe’ and Bryant Terry’s book, Grub.         Seattle Tilth, a wonderful resource for gardeners.

Richard Conlin, Seattle City Council President, also spoke at the Tilth event. He described his Food Systems and Sustainability Resolution, which he hopes will be confirmed by the City Council on Earth Day 2008 (4/22). The resolution will provide a framework for local food and sustainability relating to agriculture, community gardens, public health, transportation, food waste, social justice . . . and more. He’s asking/hoping for community support via phone calls, email, and attendance at community meetings. Visit his web page for more information: http://www.seattle.gov/council/conlin/. His understanding of, and commitment to making concrete progress around Seattle’s sustainability goals is impressive.

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6 Responses »

  1. Bravo! I found you via the West Seattle Blog. Lovely blog layout and even lovelier writings. I will be back.

  2. Thank you for your interest and appreciation. SS

  3. Thanks for coming out to hear the talk and support the 30th anniversary of Seattle Tilth.

    I was so inspired by all the great things happening in Seattle and look forward to the next visit!

    Anna Lappe

  4. We’ll continue to acknowledge your work around sustainability. And thank you for appreciation of what Seattle is trying to accomplish in that arena.


  5. Thanks for your report on Seattle Tilth’s 30th Anniversary. I think it’s quite significant that Seattle City Council President Richard Conlin chose the event to announce his Local Food Action Initiative.

    I appreciated your including Conlin’s website, which includes a link to his resolution. In support of the resolution, I think your readers will be interested in knowing that Conlin has invited Frances Moore Lappé to give presentations to the City Council and the general public on the topic of community food security. Here’s her schedule:

    April 11, 12:00-1:30 PM
    Brown Bag with Seattle City Council & Frances Moore Lappé on the importance of Local Food Policy
    Seattle City Hall, Council Chambers, 600 4th Ave, Seattle

    April 11, 5:00-7:00 PM
    A Conversation with Frances Moore Lappé
    Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room, 600 4th Ave, Seattle

    Both events are free and open to the public. For more information on Richard Conlin’s Food System and Security Resolution contact: Phyllis Shulman at 206-684-8805; or email: phyllis.shulman@seattle.gov.

  6. Mark, we’ll make mention of these events again before April 11th and include the additional detail you’ve provided. Thank you.