I'm interested in what kind of food we're going to eat as the climate changes. I'm interested in what kind of economy we're going to have in another 1,000 years.

—Winona LaDuke

Climate change is having a devastating impact across the globe. The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is increasing, the planet is warming up, sea levels are rising, and extreme weather is now commonplace. All of these shifts are dramatically impacting people, the planet, and our economy.

One of the greatest impacts of climate change is connected to how we grow, move, eat, and waste food. Our industrial food system relies heavily on energy from fossil fuels, synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, and monoculture farming. It also produces a significant amount of waste. As a result of these practices, human health, soil health, and environmental health have been degraded for nearly a century. These same practices continue to accelerate climate change, causing droughts, fires, and other extreme weather patterns, and threatening farmer livelihoods and food security. The global food system today is one of the largest contributors to climate change, generating one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions.

Through Food Vision 2030, we have an opportunity to slow down, adapt, and prepare for climate change. We can invest in climate-friendly agriculture, zero waste initiatives, and community-based food systems in San Diego County. We can fight climate change and create a more sustainable food system.

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5 November, 2020

Audrey Hancock says:

“Insects and pollinators are a big contributor to providing food and I think we can come up with more sustainable ways bugs can be protected.”

2 September, 2020

Shannon says:

“Soil Health! ”

1 September, 2020

Chris says:

“Eating animal products is unnecessary, destructive, and wasteful. GHG’s, land use, water, more.. https://www.truthordrought.com”

31 August, 2020

Dave Engel says:

“Eat more plants and fewer animal products. Animal Ag causes pandemics and ACCOUNTS FOR at least 51% of GHGs according to 4 UN agencies.”

18 August, 2020

GS says:

“Educate about and incentivize the substitution of the food products consumed in San Diego that are emitting the most GHG ”

18 August, 2020

GS says:

“Incentivize composting at the household level”

18 August, 2020

GS says:

“San Diego centered analysis on the largest contributors of GHG emissions and soil degradation for food consumed in San Diego”

14 August, 2020

Alex Healy says:

“Regenerative agriculture coupled with wetland restoration - San Diego River Watershed - carbon sequestration and sinks!”

3 July, 2020

SD says:

“Provide incentives and support for farmers to implement carbon farming practices.”

2 July, 2020

TI says:

“More resources and education on climate smart agriculture! Healthy food grown in SDC and walkable retail options.”

1 July, 2020

EB says:

“Teach people about the climate impacts of the food they eat. Encourage "Less Meat, Better Meat"!”

1 July, 2020

EB says:

“Reduce food waste through public education, supply chain changes, donation, and composting scraps”