Is Your Diet Affecting the Environment?

Is Your Diet Affecting the Environment?

March 23, 2011 Roots of Change

Do you know your carbon food print, the carbon impacts of your food choices? We may not always think about it but the actions we take can greatly affect our environment. By educating ourselves and others, we have the power to reduce our environmental impact. We encourage you to find out what a huge difference you can make with small changes in your diet and energy consumption.  By taking the following quizzes you can get a good sense of how much you actually contribute to climate change.

Learn more and measure your impact:  
 Bon Appétit Management Company Low Carbon Diet Calculator

Use this tool to see how what you eat also affects how much nitrogen is used in farming- along with the potential hazards of coastal dead zones and climate change.

 N-print’s Nitrogen FootPrint Calculator
Resources and ideas to help you be more sustainable:

10 Tips To Reduce Your Food Waste
Slate published ten great tips to help reduce food waste. Here’s the summary:

  1. Create—and then stick to—a shopping list.
  2. Shop a few times a week.
  3. Stick to a single cuisine, to maximize efficiency.
  4. Buy food with cash.
  5. Hit the supermarket salad bar.
  6. Rein it in at the farmers market.
  7. Wash and prep fruit and vegetables right away.
  8. Keep track of what’s in your fridge and pantry, with expiration dates.
  9. Use the freezer—and use it wisely.
  10. Schedule in your leftovers.

You can check out the full article over at Slate.

Tips for a Healthy, Low-Carbon Life
The Environmental Defense Fund published some great guidelines to lead a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Here’s the summary:
1.  Use muscle power rather than gasoline
2.  Skip the bottle water, carry tap
3.  Eat less meat
4.  Choose food thoughtfully

Check out the full article at EDF guidelines for a healthy, low-carbon life.


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