One action that can greatly reduce your carbon footprint is obtaining food from local sources, such as shopping at the farmers market or getting fruits and vegetables from a neighbor who grows them. Also, fishing and hunting to obtain meat would reduce your carbon footprint. When you hunt or fish to obtain your own meat, the process which gets the meat from the animal to your plate is much more direct and simple. In an article in “The Scientific American”, Nathan Fiala states that “…current production levels of meat contribute between 14 and 22 percent of the 36 billion tons of “CO2-equivalent” greenhouse gases the world produces every year.” This is specifically about the beef industry in the United States. However, if you obtain your own meat straight from nature, it goes through much less processing, reducing the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere.
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From what I have learned in class so far, eating proteins such as eggs, chicken, and pork increases our carbon emission because of the transportation it takes to get the meat to the grocery store. After some research, I learned that including frozen foods, such as ice cream, can also reduce your carbon footprint according to this article:http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/06/business/worldbusiness/06iht-greencol07.4.6029437.html?_r=0 Eating cold foods lowers our body temperature, so we won’t use as much air conditioning in our home. I thought this was interesting. I don’t think this means we should all include a ton of ice cream in our diet, but maybe cold/frozen drinks can have the same effect.
Even though almost a billion people on the Earth don’t have enough food to eat according to the FAO, we still grow food to feed 10 billion people says the Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eric-holt-gimenez/world-hunger_b_1463429.html). The problem is that we can’t distribute this food to the people who need it. This leads to all that excess fruit being wasted, which doesn’t help carbon output. If we could find a way to quickly and non-wastefully ship this food, we could more easily solve the problem of world hunger. What could be some easy ways to transport food around the world?
Hey guys! My name is Julia and I live in Gothenburg, the second largest city in Sweden. From what I can tell in this discussion as well as in prior research (http://www.unep.org/wed/quickfacts/), the waste of food in rich countries are considered a main reason for the negative impact on the climate. I have come across a simple tip that we all can use in order to decrease our waste!
In Sweden the food in the stores are marked with something called “Bäst fore datum” which translates to “Freshness date” in English. Do you have these in your countries too? Of course these markings are practical in order for people not to eat bad or rotten food, however studies show that these dates are set way too early. This Swedish study (http://www.konsumentforeningenstockholm.se/Pressrum/Pressmeddelanden/Cision-flode1/Ny-studie-visar-att-agg-haller-minst-en-manad-efter-bast-fore-datum/) shows that eggs may last up to 1 month after the “freshness date” has expired! The food companies are bound by law not to put anything bad in the market, otherwise they can be sued, which leads to them marking the food with dates that allows a room for error, not correctly according to ability to eat. This study from a Swedish university proves this correct; http://stud.epsilon.slu.se/4665/1/jonsson_c_120814.pdf.pdf.
So, my tip for all of you! Do not trust the marks blindly, use your eyes, ears and taste buds to determine if the food is eatable or not. By this you will save both money and helping the environment!
Hello, my name is Lars Ole. I eat a lot of food, because I train a lot. I eat about 5-6 times a day. If I did not do that, I would not be able to train as much as I do. Therefore, food is very important to my training and me. When I eat all this food, I usually do not think about that many people around the world die of hunger. I can just go into the kitchen and take what I want, and other people have to hunt for their food, for maybe 2-3 hours. Sometimes they don’t even get to eat that day. So that is something to think about.
Many people in the world are starving. Basically we have enough food to everybody in the world, but it’s still many people that starving. It’s important to do something with this problem. So what can we do, to help other people that have to little food? We rich have very much food and we throw away around 5 bags in the week and we throw away much food. We should be better buy the food we need and not much more, then we eat and then we throw it away.
So in my opinion, rich countries like Norway have to give more food to the poor. And a other way to get more food to the food is to give money. If everybody in Norway, and among rich in the world give little to organisations like reddbarna (a Norway organisations that help poor), then it can help many people.
In many ways, it’s very unfair that we rich have so much more of food and other things and people that are poor. So if people can throw away lesser food, then we can give more food to the poor and it will stop some of the poverty problem in the world.
Hi everybody! I live in the US and this Carbon Footprint Challenge made me more aware of my impact on our awesome world that we live in. Specifically, one of the best things ever: FOOD. Whether it is a juicy steak, a scrumptious hamburger, or some greasy bacon, meat is so desirable for most of us. It is also very difficult imagining a meal without meat… Although meats contain essential nutrients it is also very important to not consume so much. That is why I came up with a cool idea to plan a “Veggie Dinner” once a week or so with your family/friends. This can turn into a fun event, where there could be a competition on who cooks the most delicious Veggie Meal. Also, you can find endless recipes online for Vegetarian meals. Just an idea that some of you conscious consumers might want to consider :)
After taking the Carbon Footprint Survey and seeing my own footprint in comparison to the people around me, I have found that my personal high, or the one aspect that is especially higher than others, is my meat consumption. Now thinking about it briefly, it does not seem like eating a lot of meat makes that much of a difference against categories such as air travel and electricity use, but after some research, it is quite the contrary. Michelle Maisto reports on this topic, and one paragraph stands out in particular:
“A widely cited 2006 report estimated that 18% of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions were attributable to cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats, camels, pigs and poultry. However, analysis performed by Goodland, with co-writer Jeff Anhang, an environmental specialist at the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation, found that figure to now more accurately be 51%.”
This leads me to contemplate our nation’s (USA) obsession with meat and animal products. I wonder, if a policy were put in place to limit, or at least put regulations on the treatment of animal care, how much could our carbon footprint be reduced?
That brings me to a different topic regarding world hunger. I am not well versed in world policy, but if money were to be relocated toward grain production, instead of livestock, could that potentially help to make a dent in the world hunger crisis?
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I think it’s shame of humanity that in 21st century every 5 seconds one human being dies from hunger. In world are so much people which are wasting and trowing food when at the same time, for example, children in Africa don’t have water and any food. In my opinion reason for world hunger is that some parts of the world are undeveloped. We certainly need to change something. People can send money for their food, for building homes to stop diseases.
However, some people don’t care for that and that is something which we need to change, people need to know in what conditions people are living.
World hunger is the problem which we need to solve.
Here is link for organisation Mary’s Meals where you can donate money online and 10$ would be enough for one child education in whole year.
The culture of organic food is to be carried out because it is very beneficial to human life even if the costs are quite high. There should be agricultural policies that prevent the use of certain pesticides and harmful treatments to humans not only to animals.