Wednesday, February 4, 2009

How Our Food Choices Impact The Environment

Myth or Fact? Weight gain leads to global warming?

FACT! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average weight of Americans increased by 10 pounds during the 1990’s. This increase in weight required airlines to consume an additional 350 million gallons of jet fuel in 2000 leading to the release of 3.8 million more tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. So what can you do about this? Either start holding your breath, stop flying, or better yet considering shedding those extra pounds.

Here are some easy (food-related) ways that we can all support the environment:

  • Support local farmers by buying whole, locally produced foods such as fruits and vegetables to avoid the extra energy costs associated with the production and transportation of processed foods.

  • Buy organic dairy products to ensure that you are not promoting the use of growth hormones or antibiotics in cows.

  • Choose certified organic meats to avoid contributing to the widespread use of antibiotics.

  • Eat species of fish that aren’t overfished and are also lowest in mercury and other toxins (avoid Chilean sea bass, Atlantic cod, King crab, Grouper, Sea scallops, Albacore, blue fin, big eye, yellow fin tuna). Go to: for the complete guide.

  • Instead of bottled water, buy a reusable water container that is BPA-free certified. Also use a water filter at home and at work.

  • Use sustainable, reusable storage containers.