From its carbon footprint to its depletion and contamination of natural resources, agriculture affects the environment in a variety of detrimental ways. It is a leading factor in global greenhouse gas emissions, contributing around 13.5% of all greenhouse gases due to current cultivation practices and deforestation that release carbon from the ground.
Jane McGuinness has been an elementary teacher for 33 years, 29 of which have been at Milton Academy. She has been an avid gardener and a keen observer of nature her whole life. Combining educating children with these interests has brought her great joy and an appreciation of kids’ innate understanding of the natural world.
While many other types of fish farming techniques exist, each has its own specific environmental footprint. Fish farming may be a viable solution to solving the issue of a decreasing amount of resources with an increasing human population. However, fish farming methods must be reassessed to ensure that the benefits of producing more fish are not counteracted by the farms’ harms to the environment.
McDonald’s has profited from hurting both the environment and its customers, as its affordability makes it the most appealing option—and sometimes the only option—for most consumers. It is our responsibility to influence our government and shift our society towards creating restaurants nourishing for both the Earth and customers—because why should we support fast-food when life under the golden arches is just hurting our home and ourselves?