February 2018: Food Production
We’re delighted to present our third issue of Gaia — food production! In this issue we explore themes around food waste, agricultural practices, veganism, and so much more. Seeing as agriculture alone contributes to 13% of our global carbon emissions (food production, processing, distribution and waste in total contributes a lot more), food production is a problem we need to address, and one we need to solve relatively soon.
We hope you enjoy this thought-provoking issue where we intertwine art, news and opinions from a wide range of perspectives and viewpoints. All of us who have contributed to this issue are proud to share it with the world in the hopes that, together, we can start discussion around the topic and resolve the seemingly herculean task of fixing our global food systems.
I've hardly ever met anyone in my life that absolutely detested hamburgers, but at the same time, not a lot of people raise the question of: "Where does this food come from?" The prevalent themes and subjects regarding food production aren't things that usually come to mind when one is just concerned with filling their stomach. Factory farming for cows and other livestock produce incredible amounts of greenhouse gas(especially methane when it comes to cows). It also drains water resources rapidly on top of relying on a compact space that render animals unable to move (this is hardly an exaggeration). The point of this comic is, obviously, not to say that eating one burger can fill the skies up with smoke. The point is to hint at the fact that if everyone else is just as oblivious as the dude in the picture about the true cost behind the stuff on our dining tables, the contents of the comic could become reality.