OPEN INVITATION: CDR FOOD LAB
We invite all artists, thinkers, chefs, farmers, cultivators, craftspeople, musicians to join us in creating materials, installations, inventions for Future Food Salon 3: Voyage to Anthropocene-Rocking the Future of Food.
Below are some of the resources, which we are finding helpful as we research and work on developing materials to help the planet remain under the 1.5C the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) Scientists have warned us to respect.
All of this is being shared because we feel the sooner we understand that we are literally all in this together, the sooner we can expect wild and wonderful things to emerge from a collective leveraging of our resources and ingenuity. Bhutan is leading the way on the planet being the only country that can boast it is carbon negative. And we could learn a lot from Bhutan.
Here at the Future Food Salon, we are preparing a schools program for this series, which will launch in 2019 and run until the end of May 2020. If you would like to get involved with that, please get in touch with us here.
Please bookmark this page, as we anticipate adding new experiments, findings and resources as we go. The project is a two year endeavour from 2018 to the end of 2020. We feel that this length of time gives us the possibility to visit as many cities as we can with the Salons and to develop truly inspirational and carbon cutting methodologies that can be shared. This wants to be a WIKI—If you have expertise in that please do get in touch.
*CDR=Carbon Dioxide Removal.
COAXING POLITICAL WILL - THE LEGAL ROUTE
ClientEarth - an international group of environmental lawyers.
Schiermeier, Quirin 2018: “Dutch court rules that government must help stop climate change. Appeals court upholds earlier ruling that the government is accountable for efforts to combat global warming”. 10 OCTOBER 2018. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07007-7
Cases are proceeding in the United States, Belgium, Norway and Ireland.
Why not Canada? We are on target for 4C increase instead of the 1.5C, recently recommended by the IPCC and established as the lower part of the target range in the Paris Agreement. The US is on target for 5C.
The Nürnberg (also spelled Nuremberg) Trials held following WWII are considered the first proceeding of crimes against humanity. Crimes against humanity is a category of “core crimes” under international law.
The Washington DC firm Hogan Lovells treats the topic in this post:
Published in 1991 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Geological Survey of Ontario. Still contains useful information and in fact makes for interesting reading given the present context as there is unabashed pride in mining projects.
A NEW EPOCH & FOOD
The Holocene is giving way to the Anthropocene, the epoch of humans. What this means is that humankind is now the most impactful geological force on the planet. It will be official once geologists agree a start date and markers. A year in the early 1950s is a candidate for the start date; some of the candidates for markers include:
•radioactive fallout from atomic weapons testing
•nitrogen and phosphorus
•permanent layer of black carbon from fossil fuel burning.
All but one of the above potential markers is a result of how (badly) we do food. The cycles of the elements nitrogen and phosphorus are disturbed by the (over-) use of fertilizers, which are needed because we have opted (get big or get out) for monoculture factory farming, which depletes the soil and then requires inputs (like these fertilizers).
The word “Anthropocene” was coined by Paul Crutzen, a Dutch atmospheric chemist who remarked that the cycles of carbon and other elements were so disturbed by humankind’s impact that the term seemed fitting meaning as it does age of humans. He also called our current time, “a great acceleration”. The Anthropocene Working Group (WGA) last met in 2016 in Capetown where they decided 30 to 3, with two abstensions, that the epoch had begun. They also agreed that its name will be “Anthropocene” and that it is an epoch as opposed to the lesser designation of “age”. What remains to be determined are the choice of markers, the start date of this epoch and the golden spike. So the race is on to find the golden spike.
The Guardian Newspaper (UK) has a good lay person’s article on this:
Carrington, Damian 2016: “The Anthropocene epoch: scientists declare dawn of human-influenced age”. The Guardian. August 29/2918. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/aug/29/declare-anthropocene-epoch-experts-urge-geological-congress-human-impact-earth
Plastics are implicated in food’s impact on the strata of rock owing to the huge amount of plastics used to ensure safe and convenient food distribution. Packaging increases as reliance on prepared foods increases.
Dr Patricia Corcoran, associate professor of sedimentary petrology, precambrian geology at Western, published a paper revealing a new Anthropocene rock: Plastiglomerate. You’ve probably seen something like this on the beach: bits of rock, coral, maybe twists of metal garbage, melded with what looks like extra shiny melted and then hardened plastic. In this paper, she introduces Plastiglomerate:
Corcoran, P.L., Moore, C., Jazvac, K., 2014. An anthropogenic marker horizon in the future rock record. GSA Today, 24: 4-8. http://www.geosociety.org/gsatoday/archive/24/6/article/i1052-5173-24-6-4.htm
Here below, she discusses the impact of plastics on the geological rock record.
Corcoran, P.L., Norris, T., Ceccanese, T., Walzak, M.J., Helm, P.A., Marvin, C.H., 2015: “Hidden plastics of Lake Ontario, Canada and their potential preservation in the sediment record”. Environmental Pollution, 204: 17-25. www.surfacesciencewestern.com/wp-content/uploads/ep15_walzak.pdf
You can read more about Dr. Corcoran’s work on her Research Group’s website https://corcorangroup.wordpress.com/
More on plastiglomerate:
“Chen, Angus 2014: “Rocks made of plastic found on Hawaiian beach.” Science. June 4, 2014. https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2014/06/rocks-made-plastic-found-hawaiian-beach
Waste Management in the Anthropocene: the 7Rs.
See the accompanying blog post on the Alimentary Blog.