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Day 20: Eating Low Carbon

READ: 

"Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility; not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life." -Dalai Lama

ASSESS:

Follow the link to view Bon Appetit's interactive "Eat Low Carbon" website. Use the "Food Scores" tab to discover the carbon footprint left by foods you may commonly eat, and click "Take the Quiz" to assess your knowledge about the environmental impact of specific foods. If you're interested, check out the Ted Talk video to learn more about food and sustainability.

More about how to "Eat Low Carbon."

REFLECT:

Would you say that your normal diet is a "low carbon" one? If not, how could you make it so?

Next time you're buying food, consider these questions:
1. Is this food organic, and has it been harvested sustainably?
2. How far has this food traveled?
3. Has this food been processed?
4. What sort of package does this food come in?
5. Has this product come from an animal?

"The good news is that . . . humans are gifted by the potential for self-awareness and intelligent choice, and knowing our circumstance is an invitation to change."- William Rees

Contributed by Selena Pistoresi and Courtney Robinson (Food & Agribusiness Institute)

 

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Janice DeMonsi said on Oct 24, 2013
We have a great market we shop at in Santa Cruz that buys mostly local crops but even though they do that for most I still read all the tags for the produce - and some is from Mexico. We once bought peppers at. Trader Joes from Spain....since that experience I try to pay attention to the labels. We should shop at the Farmers Market more.
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