Food’s Carbon Footprint
Who’s inspired by the recent Climate Change awareness rally, inspired by today’s youth? I know we certainly are, so let’s get to work and eat more veggies! We know from countless studies that the carbon footprint of a vegetarian diet is almost ½ that of a meat diet. If you want to make a change in the carbon footprint you have in this beautiful world, it is necessary we start by choosing one of the 3 major areas; transport, housing and food consumption.
GreenEatz.com has many straightforward educational tools for understanding your personal carbon footprint and how you can start to make changes. Most vegetables have a low CO2 emission of 2 kilos, equivalent to driving your car 4.5 miles, with fruit a little lower, and beef as high as 27 CO2 kilos, equivalent to driving 63 miles. Meat, cheese and eggs have the highest food carbon footprint and these are things we can cut down to maybe just once or twice a week and up your veggie intake.
Or perhaps you don’t want to give up these cherished foods and they come from sustainable growers, so you may offset with driving less or using less energy in the house. There are multitudes of ways we can start to personally contribute to lessening our footprint, but we have to dive in and start really focusing and calculating. We should not leave it up to the next generation. We need to help now and we need to start paving the way in being responsible role models. Choosing local, choosing organic and choosing vegetables is a remarkable start, so thank you for already being a leader with your Full Circle membership.
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