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How to eat local, organic and vegan and save the world

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Local food activist Ran Goel speaks to Steffanie Pinch about how eating local, organic and vegan can be better for the planet.

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Capitalism or the environment: It's time to choose

If all you care about is making more stuff, capitalism may be the best system ever. But if you want to save the planet from environmental catastrophe our current economic system is a dead end.

I remember in my socialist youth often being told: "Your ideas sound good but that’s just not how things work in real life."

In my socialist sixties these same words seem appropriate as an analysis of mainstream environmentalism today.

Here is the harsh reality:

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A number is never just a number: The sustainability challenge

Image: Scientific Visualization Studio, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Flickr

75,000

Square kilometres of Arctic sea ice that melted every day in August 2012. That's like losing ice the size of New Brunswick every 24 hours. (Source)

10

Number of years in which Arctic sea ice could vanish. "Very soon we may experience the iconic moment when, one day in summer, we look at satellite images and see no sea ice coverage in the Arctic, just open water." (Source)

2050

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Confront factory farms

chickens in a factory farm

Factory farms are large scale corporate farms created with the singular purpose of producing the most livestock at the lowest cost. As a result, they are a big problem for Canadians for many different reasons: animals are abused, local farmers are driven out of business and dangerous chemicals and hormones can be used.

Factory farms are sadly becoming a larger part of the Canadian landscape. Though the number of factory farms isn't increasing quickly, the amount of livestock kept in these facilities is continuously on the rise.

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