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YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT

Small Changes Make Big Differences

A casual stroll down a grocery store aisle shows that it's not easy to determine the environmental impacts of any given food item. The food industry is a major player in such environmental issues as deforestation, land-use change, water wastage and excess fertilizer run-off. And that's to say nothing of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with of agriculture, shipping, and food processing and storage. Carbon emissions are a good proxy for many of these environmental issues, so let's focus specifically on the climate impact of food here. You are what you eat, and you change your environment by how you buy.

Climate impact assessment and certification is just beginning to take off, and maybe before long everything we buy at the store will have a label declaring its carbon footprint. But in the meantime, here are a few things to think about, to help you do a rough life-cycle analysis of your own while in the store:

Watch the following video for more information.

Preparing Food




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