Talk about a busy Tuesday!
Yes, we are all over the Pennsylvania primary – I’m looking forward to the outcome tonight. It is also Earth Day, and if you feel like everyone is pushing green lately, my completely unscientific poll of advertising I’ve seen finds you are correct. I’m talking “green” in every sense of the word – low emission vehicles, fluorescent light bulbs, biodegradable refills for your diaper pail (check), tips on composting, conserving, reusing, and the color green is everywhere. Clothes, shoes, perfume, jewelry.. green is clearly in.
I think it’s great – but I hope this green push will show some results…and I mean results beyond Earth Day.
One area where results are desperately needed: the global food shortage. The news gets worse everyday. CNN.com has put together a fantastic portal on the crisis, and I encourage you to check it out.
The food shortage is an important reminder of how we are all linked in this world, whether people realize it – or for some, whether they want to admit it – or not.
For three decades, prices for staples like wheat, corn and soy haven’t changed much. Why the sudden jolt in prices? There are a few reasons… many of which are connected to this planet we all share.
First, there’s the weather – droughts have hit many areas hard, while other regions are dealing with the impact of severe flooding and a changing climate. The earth’s population is growing, so demand is up. Add to that a shift in what land is being used for – less food crops, more biofuels being grown – and the outlook can be scary.
Here in the US, ethanol could account for 30 percent of the nation’s total corn crop in less than two years, leaving much less land for food crops, which in turn pushes prices up.
Worldwide, leaders are calling for more biofuel crops to be grown at home, rather than in developing countries, so that land can be used for food crops in the areas with the most immediate needs. Will it solve the crisis? It could be a step in the right direction, and as we all know, a small step can lead to very big things.
So what about you, are you taking any small steps this Earth Day? Or is there another cause you’re committed to? Does this push to be “green” have an impact on you, or is it just a passing fad?
I’d love to hear your comments and will be checking in this afternoon – thanks in advance!
Filed under: Erica Hill
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