When it comes to global warming the frustration many people feel is that the wheels of government(s) move very slowly and time is of the essence.  Until effective legislation is passed there are things each of us can do to support a healthier environment.  In a Canadian study it was estimated that picking 58 selected food items locally and regionally could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 49,485 tons annually.  This is the equivalent of removing 16,191 vehicles from the road.  That’s one person making more informed food shopping choices.

The following suggestions will give you more carbon bang for your food buck.

 1.    Eat less beef, pork, and lamb.  Red meat’s carbon footprint is 3-7 times that of chicken.

 2.    Eat at restaurants less often.  11-13% of the food served on an average restaurant plate goes to waste.

 3.    Eat fewer dairy products.  Most come from red meat animals.  Watch out for cheese – it takes 10 liters of milk to produce 1 kilo of cheese.  

 4.    Drink fewer soft drinks.  They are basically carbonated sugar in plastic bottles. 

 5.    Eat seasonal local fruits and vegetables.  Importing food by air has a carbon footprint 6 times that of ground delivery.

 6.    Eat fewer packaged snacks and junk food.  Food packaging accounts for 10-12% of food costs. 

 7.    Upgrade to an energy efficient refrigerator.  Switching to a Gold Star certified fridge will save money and CO2 emissions.

 8.    Eat wild fish that are not endangered.  Farmed fish have been found to contain concerning levels of PCB’s and dioxins.   

 9.    Drink less bottled water.  It takes three liters of water to produce one liter of bottled water. 

10.   Walk to your local farmer’s market or grocery store.  

For more details about how these suggestions make a difference you can go to www.goodguide.com/slideshows//2009/4/11/reduce-your-environmental-footprint.  


Debbie Jones-Steele

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