Hi. My name is Grace. My class has been tracking our individual carbon footprints. I didn’t notice how much I actually waste in one year. I remember watching on Food Network how chefs had to make their dishes from “trash.” The “trash” was actually the wasted food from restaurants and supermarkets. So much food is wasted every day in supermarkets from the perfectly good food that the customers won’t buy because it isn’t perfect. At home, if there was an apple that had a bruise on it, you would cut it off and eat the rest. Also, food that have passed their expiration by one day are perfectly fine to eat that day.
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I am Logan from the USA. After reviewing my carbon footprint I realized that out of all four subjects, I used most on food. I was surprised because I don’t usually eat alot. My family though has always been big steak and chicken consumers my whole life. No one in my family is overweight so I find it interesting that eating the amount that I eat puts alot in the environment.
Hi, I’m Sara from Houston, Texas! I have not had much luck with past attempts at growing my own food; however this discussion is making me want to try again. I have an aunt who is an avid gardener and some of her home grown food is the best I have ever tasted. Anyways, I was researching green craft ideas and I came across some ways to reuse plastic bottles in a garden. You can use them to help irrigate your plants instead of paying a lot of money for a fancy irrigation system. You can also make a terrarium for growing plants and a worm farm out of a large 2 liter bottle. I like these ideas because they combine two ways of reducing your carbon footprint. Plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, and if you grow food at your own home no fuel needs to be used to transport the food to you. Reusing plastic bottles means that the bottles will not go to a landfill or end up as litter on the side of the road. Also other resources will not have to go into making new items if you can use what you already have to make. I hope others find these ideas to be helpful and if you have any tips on gardening in Houston please let me know.
Hello everyone! I am Evan and I am from the United States. I feel like out of all the nations, America produces the most pollution and destroys the environment the most. I think we all can produce less pollution by using less energy consuming products and switch to more energy efficient resources. If we do this we can greatly affect the environment we live in and make a greener planet.
Hi,I’m from Taiwan.Most of the residents in Taiwan lives in the apartment,so not many home grown stuffs can be grown in our apartments.But , I can say home grown plants are definatetly better than buying stuffs from supermarket where those vegetables are grown with tons of fertilizers which can pollute water resources.Home grown vegetables also have the benefit of saving money for you and it also make you eat healthy.You can also manage the amount of water used to plant the vegetables,you can use recycled toilet water to flower your vegetables.So I guess home grown vegetables may make the society better!!!
Hi. I’m from Texas. One benefit of living in Texas is the weather and the soil. We Texans are fortunate to be able to grow many plants and fruit trees when other parts of the country cannot. I strongly believe that eating locally-produced food helps the climate problem. No matter how small, a plant is a plant which goes through photosynthesis which absorb carbon dioxide and releases oxygen into the atmosphere.Eating locally-grown food helps the local farmers and the overall economy. It is also fresher and easier to access. Not to mention, it is also cheaper most of the time. Because of the freshness, it is also healthier. My mom just planted a chili plant in our backyard. Also, my grandma grows all types of herbs and fruits in her garden. Now, our whole family does not have to buy herbs at the supermarket anymore!
Hello my name is Sarah and I am a freshman in highschool from the U.S. Since I started my carbon footprint project I have been looking at ways in which I can reduce my carbon footprint. Now I’m sure many of you would agree with me and say that food is a wonderful thing. We can reduce our carbon footprint through food in many ways. What might come to your mind first is to eat healthier foods and things that are organic and do not have preservatives. Well this is something you could do but think about what you put your food in. This is what gets thrown away. Tin foil, wax paper, plastic bottles, paper bags, cardboard tv dinners and juiceboxes are all things that are not very necessary. Replace these things with reusable containers, thermoses, lunchboxes, and water jugs. This way all the things you package your food in can just be washed and then reused. Now of course you could recycle cardboard and plastic etc. but using reusable appliances is easier and less expensive.
Hey! I’m Dorothy and I am from Houston, Texas. My family has an aluminum, sealed, container, next to our kitchen sink, in which we place things like banana peels, apple cores, and other left over food. When that bin is full, we take it out to our compost pile we keep behind our garage apartment and dump it. My family has been doing this for as long as I can imagine. It is the richest, most natural soil, we use it for our many gardens, and even some of our neighbors use it for their gardens. My family has a garden on the roof of my dad’s office, in which we grow food like carrots, lettuce, spinach, and tomatoes. We have a salad every night with our dinner and we use those foods instead of buying them at a store. Also we have gardens lining our property with plumeria plants, bamboo, and banana trees. All of these gardens started with our composted soil. I am proud to say that I am an avid composter and gardener. Using your food scraps and making them into soil is a great way of reusing things you would otherwise throw away as trash. Composting is an easy way to reduce your carbon footprint. Compost soil is rich and rarely needs any fertilizer or garden enhancers, so you will cut down on buying products like those. Unfortunately, starting a compost pile in an urban area might not be the easiest process. But, an easy solution to that is starting a neighborhood compost where everyone gets their soil and disposes of their food scraps. I am a strong believer in composting and feel its important to maintaining a healthy, carbon emission free, home and environment.
When calculating my carbon footprint and I saw that food was one of the catagories I thoght that it would be one of my highest caclulations. In fact, it was my lowest. I thought that it would have been much higher. I did not realize however that the food I ate could have an impact on the environment. There are four people in my family so I realized that since everyone has to eat there is a lot of carbon emissions coming from food.
After you finish up eating a fruit, vegetable, ar any type of food really, does it just go in the trash? This tends to happen often, but there is actually another option for getting rid of your food and helping out the environment. Composting!! It’s super easy to do, and you can even make a garden with the compost that you have made after a while! The link below gives some info if you’re interested, and it is really not that hard to do. It is great for the environment and getting rid of tons of everyday foods. So get out there and compost, people!