Which requires more water?
A thirty minute bath in a tub that is 2x2x4 or a thirty minute shower?
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.
It’s really fantastic to see that lots of people also eat locally grown food. It might just be me, but I feel like locally grown foods taste better. I predict that this is because there aren’t any pesticides that are on the foods; mainly because you can control what goes on them while they are growing.
Think about the large carbon footprint for a little bunch of carrots from England. If you are buying locally, you help support farmers in your area and help with the local economy.
Local foods help with food safety. If you know where your food was grown (say, your backyard) than you aren’t at risk if you learn of an outbreak of a disease that is being spread through food. In 2006 there was an e. coli outbreak in spinach. If you knew exactly where your spinach came from, you wouldn’t have to worry about anything.
Below are links to websites that talk about more benefits to eating locally grown food
Something as simple as eating less red meat can actually decrease your carbon footprint. The usual red meat comes from animals like cows or sheep. But these animals emit big amounts of methane, another greenhouse gas that is ultimately a bit worse than CO2. Other meats such as pork and chicken would be a better alternative. Pigs, chickens, and other animals produce far less emissions. According to Brave New Climate’s article “Top 10 ways to reduce your CO2 emissions footprint, “At average levels of consumption, a family’s emissions from beef would easily outweigh the construction and running costs of a large 4WD vehicle in less than 5 years.” Of course this doesn’t mean that we have to cut out red meat entirely, but eating less steak means much less CO2!
I think buying and eating locally grown food is so much better than food that has to be shipped from long distances. Foods that are not locally grown increase the amount of carbon being released into the atmosphere because a lot of transportation is needed to get it from its original location to your home. Some transportation that could be needed are boats, planes, and trucks that release a lot of carbon. My family has a garden at our home and we grow tomatoes, lettuce, and many various fruits and vegetables. Eating locally grown food is not only better for the environment- because less transportation is necessary, but also better for you. Locally grown food does not have pesticides or other foreign substances in it. If you do not already have a home garden, you should think about making one. Even if you do not have a lot of space at all or live in an apartment, you can still have a home garden. Here is a link with more information: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ST5rQAt5-_0
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?
Hi, I want to share with you how i will help reduce my carbon footprint. I am going to start to not only eat local organic foods, but also eating healthier in general. It is easy to find a local farmers market. The food may be a little more expensive but, it has less chemicals. You will notice that the food will taste better and make you feel better. Chemicals that they put in food to make it grow faster or bigger, can be very bad for you. To neutralize the effect of the first bad chemical the companies sometimes put in more chemicals. This can take almost all of the nutrient out of the food and puts harmful chemicals into the soil.
So next time I eat, I’m going to try to go local, eat fresh, and encourage others to eat healthy and chemical free. Your not only helping yourself by eating local and organic, your helping discourage the use of harmful chemicals to excel the growth rate of fruits and veggies
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.
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