Though the words climate change have been on the minds of people around the globe, those of us in the Reno-Tahoe area have felt its acute effects particularly — and uncomfortably — close to home. Increasingly dry winters, record high temperatures, and, most recently, the season we’ve started to think of as “Smoke-tember,” thanks to recurring massive wildfires at the end of every summer.
Here at edible Reno-Tahoe, we realize that food and drink also play a role in, and are directly affected by, our ever-warming planet. Agriculture often is responsible for increasing emissions, deforestation, and depleted sources of water, while in our own kitchens and those of food-and-drink establishments, needless food waste and careless discarding of single-use plastics fill our landfills and pollute our waterways.
Fortunately, farmers, ranchers, business owners, and community organizations in the Reno-Tahoe area are working hard to reverse these trends, and their accomplishments are impressive. So in honor of Earth Day (April 22) and spring, the time each year in which Mother Nature renews and replenishes, we have devoted this Spring issue of edible Reno-Tahoe to sharing these passionate people’s stories and suggestions. As you enjoy the following pages, remember this: Even starting small, you still can make big changes happen.