For a debate, how can I argue that food choices don't affect climate change?We got assigned these topics and mine was: "Our food choices don't directly affect climate change, and it is NOT...

For a debate, how can I argue that food choices don't affect climate change?

We got assigned these topics and mine was: "Our food choices don't directly affect climate change, and it is NOT important that people know where their food is coming from and how much energy is being used to produce it." I can't find anything, I have looked through Google, school data base; I have asked people, but nothing. It can also be our own ideas on why its not important.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that you would have a hard time saying that food choices have "no" effect on global climate change.  However, I think that you could make a few arguments based on this prompt.

First, I would argue that "where" is produced is not that important.  Instead, what is important is what kind of foods people are eating.  Eating red meat, for example, is much worse in terms of energy needed to produce it than eating vegetables.  So that would be evidence for the idea that people don't need to care where their food comes from.  Follow the epicurean.com link to see more on this idea.

The better argument, I think, would be that food choices are just not important when compared to all the other things that cause warming.  The climatechangechallenge.org link shows that agriculture only accounts for about 7% of greenhouse gas emissions in the United Kingdom, at least.  This implies that changing our food choices would have a really tiny impact on global warming as an overall issue.

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