To: Quinnipiac University Community

Change Now to Eat Later: Sustainable Agriculture

Change Now to Eat Later: Sustainable Agriculture

As members of the Quinnipiac University community, I am calling on you to make your decisions at the grocery store or in the cafeteria count! Food production today is the top driver of environmental harm from greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, overuse of water, and pesticide use. What's more, current food production is harmful to our health, with 4 out of 10 leading causes of death linked to our diets (Heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer). Our food is harming us and our environment, and you have the power to change that. Here's how:

By purchasing organic, non-GMO foods, you are sending a message to the agriculture industry AND the university that you as a consumer want your foods to be healthy and sustainable--you want the ways in which we get our food to be both safe for the environment and long lasting for future generations. Our current system is NOT sustainable and is harming us and our environment every single day.

As a Quinnipiac alumna, I am petitioning my fellow bobcats to buy local, organic, and non-GMO foods to help lower QU's carbon emissions, increase our health, and become a sustainable village. Show the university and the agriculture industry that we care about where our food comes from. I want the QU community, students and faculty alike, to make this change for our bodies, for our children, and for the Earth, both present and future. Let's help QU be a leader on sustainability!

Why is this important?

Changing the way we eat is vital in lessening greenhouse gas emissions that come from current food production methods like deforestation, overuse of water, use of pesticides, and soil degradation. It is also a leading cause of climate change that YOU can take action against, both for yourself and for future generations!

Globally, the population is estimated to grow to 9.5 billion by 2050. With our current method of food production, feeding an added 2.5 billion people will be an immense challenge. We are already destroying our environment in the pursuit of increased agriculture production, ironically making crop growth more difficult with such degraded lands. Forests that are cut down to make land for agriculture release carbon that was stored in the trees. 1/3 of the greenhouse gas emissions from the last 150 years has come from this process. We can't maintain this rate of emission. Clearing more land to feed more people will release more carbon into the atmosphere, and our Earth simply can't handle that warming.

We need to change the way we eat.

Making sustainable choices at the supermarket or in the campus cafeteria will wake up the agriculture industry and make them realize that as consumers, we are against the harmful health and environmental impacts caused by today's industrial agriculture. Sustainability is what we want! It is the only way to feed the ever-growing population. You have the power to make a difference and send this message! Sign this petition to show that you want Pelham to make the change toward food sustainability!

Quinnipiac University, Mount Carmel Avenue, Hamden, CT, United States

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Reasons for signing

  • I support this type of initiative anywhere it is sustainable.

Updates

2016-11-14 04:07:26 -0500

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