Join the Climate Action Rally at Mill Creek Park on Saturday, October 24th, 2009

KC Food Circle asks you to take part in KC's
October 24th Climate Action rally

On Saturday, October 24th, the campaign is asking people all around the world to organize events for an International Day of Climate Action, and there are currently more than 1800 actions scheduled in 146 countries. A group of volunteers is organizing a rally from 2-4 p.m. that day at Mill Creek Park on the Plaza, 47th St. & J.C. Nichols Parkway (if you don’t live in the metro-KC area, you can search for a rally near you by going here). These rallies are meant to serve as virtual marches on the capitals of the world, avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions that would result from actual marches. The centerpiece of each event will be a group photo displaying the 350 message, and these photos will be uploaded and sent to national and international leaders.

Why has the coordinating committee of the KC Food Circle voted to cosponsor this KC rally?

If we continue with business-as-usual, climate disruption is projected to have major negative impacts on food production worldwide. Moreover, switching to a locally-based, organic food system is one of the best ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and remove CO2 from the atmosphere:
  • By relying on manure, compost, and nitrogen-fixing crops to build soil fertility, organic farmers avoid the CO2 emissions caused by burning fossil fuels to mine and manufacture synthetic fertilizers
  • By adding nitrogen to the soil through biological means, organic farmers avoid emissions of nitrous oxide–a greenhouse gas that’s ~300 times as potent as CO2–which come from land fertilized with synthetic nitrogen
  • Growing crops organically and pasturing farm animals increases the amount of carbon stored in soil, removing CO2 from the atmosphere
  • Growing food very close to where it’s eaten reduces the use of fuel for transportation
  • Pasturing farm animals enables them to eat a healthy diet of green plants, insects, etc., reducing and in some cases eliminating energy-intensive corn and soy feed
  • Pasturing farm animals allows their waste to return directly to the soil, avoiding emissions of the greenhouse gases methane and nitrous oxide from concentrated waste storage at confined-animal feeding operations
  • Locally-grown foods are typically minimally-processed and packaged, reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions
For more information about the global warming benefits of locally-grown organic and free-range foods, check out the Center for Food Safety’s Cool Foods Campaign, Sustainable Table, Eat Wild, and the Rodale Institute, which also has a short video on YouTube titled “Organic Farming Lessens Global Warming” that you can share with the people you know.

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