Smart Macaroni and Cheese Fights Dumb Climate Change

first_imgStay on target It’s easy to feel terrified about climate change, mostly because thinking about the Earth’s rising temperatures and how that will decimate life on this planet is terrifying. But it’s also terrifying because it can make you feel helpless. Yeah you can be guilted into taking fewer showers or eating less meat, but the impact of single person can make is basically non-existent compared to the massive carbon emissions of unfeeling corporations enabled by uncaring governments.That’s why it’s so encouraging to see larger-scale business take genuine steps to make their practices more environmentally friendly. It briefly stops the terror. Take for example this new macaroni and cheese made with anti-climate change “regenerative agriculture” farming techniques. Finally, a good use for cheese!Annie’s homegrown elbow pasta and cheddar is the brain (and brawn) child of Montana farmer Nate Powell-Palm. On Powell-Palm’s farm they use several advanced eco-farm strats (I like to think that’s what they are called) to grow crops in ways that help the Earth instead of hurting it. Different crops like wheat and peas, along with livestock and their precious manure, are rotated in a way that helps the soil stay healthy with varied nutrients. This makes it easier to grow stuff all the time, and by making sure something is always growing the soil can maintain more carbon and nitrogen instead of spewing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.So why don’t we just do all farming like this? Well it takes a lot of effort. This macaroni from Annie’s is one of the larger scale attempts but even it is being produced on a limited run. They’re only making as much as the farm will allow, and the food market at large doesn’t have that kind of patience. Capitalism, baby!However, it takes small experiments to make big ones a success. Annie’s is already owned by food giant General Mills. Perhaps with time General Mills will start incorporating more of these environmentally friendly regenerative agriculture techniques into general production. Annie’s also makes bunny cookies the same way, but imagine if every box of Cheerios, Lucky Charms, or even Count Chocula was made thanks to a farm like Powell-Palm’s.Like we said, Annie’s macaroni and cheese is only being made in small batches. So if you don’t already live in Montana, the carbon you’ll emit driving there will probably do more harm than the macaroni does good. But just knowing this exist is as good a reason as any to be slightly less terrified of the harm humanity is doing to this one planet we call home.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutResearchers Transform CO2 Into Liquid Fuel last_img

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