COP26: meat eating is a big climate issue – but isn’t getting the attention it deserves —

Emma Garnett, University of Cambridge UK prime minister Boris Johnson launched the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow with the mantra of “coal, cars, cash and trees”. But thus far the summit has largely ignored the elephant in the room. Or rather, the cows, pigs, chickens and fish. The global food system is currently responsible for […]

COP26: meat eating is a big climate issue – but isn’t getting the attention it deserves —

About Barbara Crane Navarro - Rainforest Art Project

I'm a French artist living near Paris. From 1968 to 1973 I studied at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island, then at the San Francisco Art Institute in San Francisco, California, for my BFA. My work for many decades has been informed and inspired by time spent with indigenous communities. Various study trips devoted to the exploration of techniques and natural pigments took me originally to the Dogon of Mali, West Africa, and subsequently to Yanomami communities in Venezuela and Brazil. Over many years, during the winters, I studied the techniques of traditional Bogolan painting. Hand woven fabric is dyed with boiled bark from the Wolo tree or crushed leaves from other trees, then painted with mud from the Niger river which oxidizes in contact with the dye. Through the Dogon and the Yanomami, my interest in the multiplicity of techniques and supports for aesthetic expression influenced my artistic practice. The voyages to the Amazon Rainforest have informed several series of paintings created while living among the Yanomami. The support used is roughly woven canvas prepared with acrylic medium then textured with a mixture of sand from the river bank and lava. This supple canvas is then rolled and transported on expeditions into the forest. They are then painted using a mixture of acrylic colors and Achiote and Genipap, the vegetal pigments used by the Yanomami for their ritual body paintings and on practical and shamanic implements. My concern for the ongoing devastation of the Amazon Rainforest has inspired my films and installation projects. Since 2005, I've created a perfomance and film project - Fire Sculpture - to bring urgent attention to Rainforest issues. To protest against the continuing destruction, I've publicly set fire to my totemic sculptures. These burning sculptures symbolize the degradation of nature and the annihilation of indigenous cultures that depend on the forest for their survival.
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4 Responses to COP26: meat eating is a big climate issue – but isn’t getting the attention it deserves —

  1. Pingback: COP26: meat eating is a big climate issue – but isn’t getting the attention it deserves — — Barbara Crane Navarro – Tiny Life

  2. nedhamson says:

    The proportions are even more striking in the United States, where just 27 percent of crop calories are consumed directly — wheat, say, or fruits and vegetables grown in California. By contrast, more than 67 percent of crops — particularly all the soy grown in the Midwest — goes to animal feed. And a portion of the rest goes to ethanol and other biofuels.

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    • The same is true here in France. There are local farmers growing organic vegetables in most areas, but France is the top European manufacturer of ethyl alcohol accounting for 32% of output in Europe. Two thirds of French output is used in the biofuel market. France exports 30% of the ethanol it produces for fuel.
      French bioethanol is manufactured almost exclusively from plant materials of French origin including beets, wheat and corn, as well as residues from sugar and starch processing, and wine-making.
      Traveling by train the hour and a half from my home in Nemours to Paris, I gaze at the fields and wonder what people will be eating in the future since most of what’s cultivated isn’t destined to be food…

      Thank you so much, Ned, for your collaboration in diffusing the information I write and/or re-post here on WordPress and also on Twitter! Very much appreciated! 🌍


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