Earth Day was founded by a former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, in the wake of a massive oil spill that occurred off the coast of Santa Barbara in 1969. Senator Nelson formed a bi-partisan alliance and mobilized 20 million Americans to demonstrate on behalf of the environment on April 22, 1970. That first Earth Day resulted in the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.
The U.S. food system is responsible for over 20% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, and American food travels an average of 1,500-2,500 miles from farm to table. This means prioritizing sustainable food has a huge potential impact. Local food travels fewer miles, so it has a lower carbon footprint. Organic growers eliminate dangerous pesticides that...Read More