Locally-grown food is fresher and greatly reduces pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions involved with transportation. Growing food without organically, it enhances environmental health. If grown ‘conventionally’—using artificial fertilizers, pesticides, growth stimulants, and antibiotics—it can actually cause health problems in the communities where it is grown and in the people who eat it.
Threats to our food include not only the bacterial contamination we hear about in the media — technologies such as genetic engineering and most practices of the industrial food system also pose serious threats to our health.
- Factory-farm pork production in PA – Hidden-camera video by MercyForAnimals showing cruelty to mother pigs and their young piglets at a Hatfield Quality Meat supplier—’Country View Family Farms’—in Fannettsburg, Pennsylvania. Watch the video. [6.5 min.]
[Warning: graphic footage of cruel treatment.]
Resources to complete a Sustainability Impact Assessment [In development – if you have questions now send an email to Peter Crownfield, coordinator for the sustainability impact assessment project.] DRAFT This list is provided as a starting point for others doing a … more
This project examines the inter-related facets of climate, community, health, environment, and local economy. While the project focused on the proposed Da Vinci Science City project in Easton, the descriptions below provide an introduction to the various types of impacts … more
The Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (‘LVAIC’) held its third valley-wide Campus Sustainability Conference in February. Keynote speaker Shana S. Weber, who directs the Office of Sustainability at Princeton University, kicked off the day with a talk on the … more
by Rich Fegley It is estimated that the average American meal travels about 1500 miles to get from farm to plate. If our food is grown that far from where we live, it is safe to assume that a fair … more
by Jennifer Giovanniello Food insecurity is a complex problem, and it is just as connected to environmental issues as it is to social ones. Many lower-income sections of cities are food deserts, and certain areas in Easton are no exception. … more
by Briana VanBuskirk We’re stuck in a cycle that fosters the creation, use, and discarding of materials without any consideration for the environment, animal rights, or human rights. Why is this? It’s no secret that financial gain is the core … more