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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
Madalyn Thomas, March 3, 2014

I truly think that healthy people are more likely to care about the environment. I think that many people in the world do not have the resources to be health and tale care of the environment, but i also think that a lot of people do not know that every little thing in the environment that you can do will help, and that you do not have to have a lot of money to make a difference. I do think that if our country did not have so many fast food places everyone would be more heathy and not down and heavy feeling all the time. The bottom is that heathy people are more likely to care more about the environment.

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Discussions Discussion Food & hunger
Pachenc T-US, March 1, 2014

In my carbon footprint a big part of it came from the food portion. I think that more things in grocery stores should be more organic and have less packaging. More food that we are not using that will just end up in the trash should be sent to other countries instead of throwing them away. It will not only help us but help them too. The more organic foods you eat them more likely your carbon footprint will be lower. I did not realize the impact what I ate had on my carbon footprint and I just took that for granted. Living in the US also plays a part in the food portion of my carbon footprint since there is a lot of fast food. But if they’re where more healthy choices and organic foods where cheaper I feel as though everyone’s carbon footprint would be a lot lower.

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Discussions Discussion Food & hunger
Lizzy H USA, Feb. 28, 2014

I eat a lot of organic foods, I pay particular attention to eating organic meats, eggs, and milk products generally because I think it is safer and healthier. The fact that these choices reduce my overall carbon footprint is a great side effect for me! However, I read an interesting article about organic animal feed (particularly soy products) having to be imported to the United States from other countries, and a large portion of these came from places as far as China or India. If you are eating organic foods for the purpose of making more environmentally friendly decisions, this is a very concerning thought. I am unsure of how to handle this problem and am open to any suggestions!

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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
Shawn Anderson, Feb. 28, 2014

I believe that in many ways the environment in which a human lives in does play a significant role in his or her health. People who live in less fortunate areas of the world do no have the resources that someone who lives in a urban community. Being less fortunate means you will have to find cheap easy ways to stay healthy. However living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t come cheap and not everyone has the money to follow the life of living healthy. Another fact is all the temptations that a person in the city might have rather than a person in a rural community. There aren’t McDonalds around every corner in Rural communities so they do not have to fight the temptation and urge.

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Discussions Discussion Food & hunger
Shawn Anderson, Feb. 28, 2014

I didn’t realize how much higher my carbon footprint on my food choices was than that of the rest of the United States and other countries. I noticed it was most likely due to the fact that for my sports choices i have to have a great calorie intake and a high protein intake and those variables probably increase my footprint significantly. I also eat a lot of other products some that i may need and others not so much. Instead of wasting money i could donate or find a way to help someone who may not be as lucky as i am to have 3 or more meals a day. Some people don’t even have one a day and they go through the daily struggle to survive without starving so that could be something i do to help since that is a growing problem in our nation.

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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
Maddi Ownbey, Feb. 28, 2014

The environment does affect human health. If you think about it, if there is too much pollution in the air, don’t you think it would affect the way you breathe? Of coarse it would! We use gas in our cars everyday that pollutes the air. If your drinking water is polluted, will you still drink it? I know I wouldn’t. The chemicals from some power plants have been known to cause cancer. Even the radiation put out by your cell phone has been known to cause different cancers. There is definitely a big relationship between our health and the environment.

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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
Cheyenne S-US, Feb. 28, 2014

Health is being promoted more and more everyday. Being healthy is not just exercising and eating healthy, but also feeling better physically and mentally. Eating healthy is not only beneficial to yourself but also the environment. Eating more organically makes for a lower carbon footprint. Another point of how being healthy ties into the environment is how much better you feel. When you are healthy you have more motivation to take the extra step to help out. For example, walking down the road and seeing a empty soda can on the side of the road is most likely not going to be picked up by a lazy person. If everyone could go the extra mile and try to help out themselves and others our planet would be a more efficient place.

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Discussions Discussion Home grown
Lauren D-US, Feb. 27, 2014

Growing your own food has many social and environmental benefits. For one, it helps save money. You do not have to go to the grocery store and buy the vegetables and fruits. I would love to have a garden. I believe I would be able to do it. I have never grown anything in my life though. I would have to learn.

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  • Jesse Bowers Jesse Bowers Feb. 28, 2014
    I agree. Growing your own food will benefit you in the long run. It does help you save money and gas. It is very easy to do all it takes is time and patients. Also food taste way better when you have grown it yourself and put your own time and effort into harvesting this food.

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Discussions Discussion Food & hunger
Lauren D-US, Feb. 27, 2014

When I calculated my footprint my food was higher than most. I have never thought about how much I take for granted the food that I have. I believe it has something to do with how accessible food is here. I could walk to the store right down the street and get anything I desire. But some people do not have that opportunity. I think we could do more to stop world hunger but I do not know how to go about doing that.

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  • Allison C-US Allison C-US Feb. 28, 2014
    There are a lot of ways to combat world hunger, but none of them are easy. The only thing I can really think of that would change a good bit is reducing your meat intake—40% of the world's grain goes to feeding livestock, which is a huge waste.

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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
Lauren D-US, Feb. 27, 2014

I believe that human health and the environment are related. Obviously, if we have sewage run off in our drinking water, it is going to effect us. If we start to grow our own food and have gardens then I think we can cut down on less processed foods. Processed foods have been proven to be a little bit harmful to human health. Over time, it has a huge impact. I definitely believe everything that happens in the environment affects us and whatever we do affects the environment.

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