The Carbon Footprint of Food – Bonus Quick N Delish

I will think more about the carbon footprint of the food I eat.  Fact: 70% of the deforestation of the Amazon is to provide land for cattle ranches.  Source

 We have talked about growing your own, buying local, wasting less, eating plant based once a week. Well what else?   Answer – more of all the above!

“Diet for a Small Planet” was first published in 1971, 50 years ago.

In the 1974 updated version pictured here, the Author Frances Moore Lappe wrote “ relying more on non-meat protein sources, we can eat in a way that both maximizes the earth’s potential to meet our nutritional needs and, at the same time, minimizes the disruption of the earth necessary to sustain us.”

Since then these sentiments have become an urgent call to change the way we eat and grow our food.

Food production is responsible for up to a third of greenhouse gas emissions around the world.  Agriculture alone could raise the Earth’s average temperature more than 1.5C above pre-industrial temperatures.

Think about growing your own food, learn how to can, dry, or preserve and when you shop consider a food’s carbon footprint before you buy.

And now the fun part – A welcome addition to the Carbon Challenge – Quick N Delish! Susan Biehn Smith’s recipe videos combine plant-based ingredients, ease of preparation and superb taste. Although her teaching is light and humorous, her message is seriously rooted in concern for the changing climate. Each recipe includes a downloadable pdf.  Find it all –here.

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