Roots of systemic racism are not limited to the criminal justice system. In our food system, systemic racism is rooted in both production and consumption of animal derived products. For obvious reasons, factory farms are increasingly coming under scrutiny for environmental damage & animal cruelty.
Berkeley recently became the first city in California to urge the state's $444-billion pension fund to divest from the factory farming industry. Will San Francisco and Los Angeles follow suit?
CalPERS invests nearly $679 million in greenhouse-gas-spewing factory farms, which goes against Berkeley's environmental goals. The city of Berkeley is known for responsible investment decisions.
The City of Berkeley just adopted a first-of-its-kind sustainable food policy that will replace 50% of the city's animal-based food purchasing with plant-based alternatives in the next four years.
Watch this episode to learn about the connection between animal welfare, systemic racism and environmental sustainability. Nilang Gor believes we need to stop linear thinking and practise systems thinking to solve world's most vexing problems.
While it is extremely important to address the urgent issues in fighting COVID-19, we are now also compelled to take preventative measures in order to avoid future Coronavirus related outbreak.
Many of these Cities, including Berkeley, are aiming to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by developing local Climate Action Plans (CAP). These local CAPs could play an important role in meeting the Paris Agreement.