Global warming may seem like to big of an issue for you to get involved in here in Atlanta, to others it is too scary to even think of, but there is a lot that you can do to help the climate of Georgia and the earth and that is by watching what foods you eat. If you are gardening you can get started by changing the way that you work in your garden this summer.
The amount of greenhouse gases that are emitted from production and transporting of the food we eat is one large part of the issues involved in global warming. The ‘coolest foods’ are the ones that leave do the least amout of damage to the earth, and in the end to us. By eating only the collest foods you are joining the Cool Foods Campaign.
A way to tell if your food is ‘cool’ ask yourself these five questions below as you are shopping or eating out:
- Is this food organic?
- Organic foods are produced without the use of energy-intensive and synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, growth hormones, antibiotics, and they are not genetically engineered or irradiated.
- In addition to the emissions from fertilizer production, nitrous oxide, a very potent greenhouse gas, is emitted when these chemicals are applied to farmland. Conventional fertilizers also pollute water sources, which kills fish and plants and emits methane, also a very potent greenhouse gas.
- Unlike organic farming, conventional agriculture contributes to erosion by overusing synthetic pesticides. Not only does erosion emit carbon dioxide, but it transports agricultural chemicals to water sources.
- Is this product made from an animal? Limit the amount of animal food-meat and dairy products you eat, stop eating it one or two days a week, or stop eating it altogether.
- Has this food been processed?
- How far did this food travel to reach my store or restaurant?
- Transporting food throughout the world emits 30,800 tons of greenhouse gas every year. The average conventional food product travels about 1,500 miles to get to your grocery store. Buy locally in Atlanta and Georgia or as close to home as possible.
- Is this food excessively packaged? Many plastics are oil-based and emit 24,000 tons of gas every year. Using your own bags and reusing bags is one way to help.
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