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Food & Hunger

What did you learn about dietary choices from using the footprint calculator? Now imagine that you could translate what you learned into an effective societal policy on food- what would it be? And how would this policy effect the need to alleviate world hunger?

925 million people on earth do not have enough to eat according to the FAO [Food and Agricultural Organization]. That's almost 1 in 7 inhabitants of our planet!

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Food & Hunger

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KeLoBOD   2021-05-12 08:32:15
Fast Food Burgers

According to (BBC) "A hamburger is not made of ham but of ground-up beef, shaped into a patty, which is then grilled and placed between the two halves of a sesame seed bun." This means it takes many cows and cattle to make these patties worldwide, like patties at home, restaurants, and fast food places. For my footprint, my footprint, my food Categorie was the highest. They feed the cows and the other cattle a lot of grains to fatten them up for slaughter. Something that I should probably cut down is the red fat meats like pork and beef.

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sahoBOD   2021-05-11 12:59:33
Sustainable Eating

According to "Eat Right" (Academy of Nutrition and Diabetics), sustainable eating is about choosing foods that are healthful to our environment and our bodies. Many foods we eat are not sustainable, even if we don't notice. In agriculture, the concept of sustainability is applied toward the production of plant and animal products using farming techniques and practices that help to conserve natural resources with minimal impact on the environment. Many scientists believe that a global shift toward more plant-based foods would help feed the world's growing population a nutritious and sustainable diet. Many problems come with this idea, however. First of all, many huge corporations benefit and profit greatly from these foods. Some examples are sugar, chocolate, palm oil, and industrial meat. These foods are part of very profitable industries which provide jobs for millions of people around the world. Although sustainable diets could save the world, the process to incorporate this around the world would be near impossible due to the rate that these foods are being produced.

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iswnbod   2021-05-09 18:11:23

I see a lot of children starving. Their parents cannot afford groceries weather because they do not make enough to provide for their children or do not make anything at all. A huge amount of kids and people in general waste lots of food each day/week/month/year. Some kids are scraping down to the very end because they do not know the next time they will be eating a meal. People say a lot when they see someone waste food they day: "Kids in Africa are starving" but there are kids everywhere starving. We should all never take what we have for granted and just be thankful if we do have food on our plate. Here is a link to facts about hunger in America: https://www.nokidhungry.org/who-we-are/hunger-facts

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iswnbod   2021-05-06 13:28:09

people are dying of hunger

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Anitadsd   2021-05-05 14:43:41
Food and climate

I feel like a lot of people compose but don't know how to use it. So I think the answer is to get people to start gendering

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EvaAR   2021-05-03 11:08:39 (Last post: 2021-05-04 07:56:28)
How You Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint Based On What You Eat

From farm to table, our diet accounts for up to a quarter of all human carbon emissions. Summer is a great time to take advantage of locally grown food products. Eating seasonally and locally will minimize your food's carbon footprint by up to 10%. By eating locally, you can reduce your food's carbon footprint by up to 7%. By several factors, eating local food out of season can have a greater environmental impact than importing food grown in the same season: Growing food in a non-native environment may require a hot house, which consumes energy, and growing food from warmer climates in colder climates necessitates a lot of fertilizer, which emits CO2e gasses. The carbon footprint of organic and traditional agriculture is a hot topic of discussion. According to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization, farmers can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 66 percent by converting to organic agriculture. Large agricultural corporations argue that this is not the case. Organically grown apples, for example, have higher total energy use (+15-25%), CO2 emissions (+5-15%), and land use (+30%), according to BASF. Although the terms "clean" and "sustainable" are often used interchangeably, this is not always the case. Organic goods are primarily concerned with human health, while sustainable approaches address economic, social, and environmental considerations to ensure that we will have the tools to protect the Earth in the future. It is also possible to reduce the carbon footprint by avoiding refined foods. GHG emissions from livestock production range from 14.5 percent to 18 percent of total GHG emissions. Large swaths of land are cleared to make room for the production of cow feed. With 3.3 tons of GHGs, a meat eater's diet has the largest carbon footprint. The carbon footprint of a vegetarian is approximately 1.7 tons of GHGs. However, not all plant-based foods perform well when carbon emissions are measured per calorie. Animal products, including meat and dairy, have a higher carbon footprint than sugars or grains, but also have higher nutritional value. You can lower your carbon footprint by changing how you eat in the following ways:
Eliminating waste by eating everything you buy — 25%
Going vegan — 25%
Eating in-season food — 10%
Recycling and avoiding excessive packaging — 6%
Reducing waste by buying items from the front of the shelves, reduced-price items, and misshapen fruit and vegetables — 2%
Cooking using less energy— 5%

Work Cited: https://www.terrapass.com/blog/eat-your … -footprint

HopeBOD   2021-05-03 19:56:52

My eating preferences revealed that my carbon emissions are mostly caused by the food I consume. I believe that the amount of carbon generated by the food section is mostly due to waste from what I consume/throw away. I had assumed that food did not account for a significant portion of people's carbon emissions, but my findings proved me wrong. I will continue to consume vegan-friendly meals and buy locally sourced foods to reduce my carbon footprint in this region.

lihuBOD   2021-05-04 07:56:28

Changing your diet can definitely make much more of a difference than you would think. My sister is vegetarian, and my family has been eating many more vegetarian meals because of that. While this may have been a bit irritating at first, we all adjusted very quickly. Incorporating more vegetables and less meat into your diet can have a huge effect on your carbon footprint, and it is better for the human body as well. The book, The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollen really expanded my knowledge of the food system, and the effect it can have on the environment. Pollen discussed the various food chains, explaining that the industrial food chain, the food chain that is responsible for the majority of our country's food, has many shortcomings, one such example being its greenhouse gas emissions. The industrial food chain accounts for a large portion of our country's greenhouse gas emissions, and as the industry continues to grow, so will the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. So, if you decide to incorporate more local, organic, and/or vegetarian meals into your diet, you are not only reducing your own personal carbon footprint, but you are helping to diminish the effects of one of the largest outputs of greenhouse gases in our country.

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humoBOD   2021-05-04 07:08:42
Food Waste and How to combat it

After finishing my carbon footprint quiz, I noticed that one of my biggest causes of CO2 emissions was food. After researching the topic I learned the reasons my food footprint was so high. According to BBC, a 2018 study found that fresh vegetables and salad make up 25% of edible household food waste in the UK but only account for 12% of greenhouse gas emissions from wasted food. Meat and fish on the other hand account for just 8% of wasted food but 19% of emissions. What this means is that meat produces more CO2 than other household foods, like vegetables. Fortunately, there are things you can do to reduce your food carbon footprint. Some ideas include throwing less food away, eating plant-based meat, buying fewer items with plastic wrapping or bagging, growing vegetables of your own, and purchasing locally grown foods.

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Eason L   2021-04-27 08:41:32 (Last post: 2021-05-04 04:38:33)
Don't waste all of your food

Don't waste all of your food every time you eat, don't let it go to waste. Eat until your full and if you can't eat anymore you could always give it to someone who wants it instead of just throwing it into the compost. Everywhere around the world there are people who need the food.

boblBOD   2021-04-29 15:14:03

I completely agree. On foodprint.org, it states that almost 40% of America's food goes to waste. There is over 500,000 people who are homeless in America, who suffer from a deficit of food. Not wasting food will provide over half a million people not suffer from intense hunger. Also, going past hunger,around 9 million people die from starvation every year.   


tobias.a   2021-04-29 15:19:00

I agree with your statement, food can have a major impact on your carbon footprint. In America alone a lot of food goes to waste. In this video it shows that up to 40% of food in America goes to waste this means 218 billion dollars of food is wasted. This video also shows more in depth numbers into wasted food and why food in America is wasted

Valentina Č.   2021-05-04 04:38:33

Hi, Eason! I completely agree with you. People nowadays don't even realize how much food actually goes to waste. Especially the part about eating or cooking too much. Now, we all see poor or homeless people on a regular basis looking for something to eat, while most of us throw food away, even if it's still completely fine and edible. In my household, if there are some leftovers, we reheat them for dinner or the next day. We also keep in mind not to cook too much. If there is someone with this bad habit, I hope our discussion will advise them to change their ways. smile

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angela,y   2021-04-28 11:49:12 (Last post: 2021-05-03 17:02:35)

eating meals that you can finish instead of throwing everything away

hrafnhildurosk   2021-04-28 14:31:41

also eat organic local food and if you don't finish your food you can eat the leftovers later, that way you're saving money and helping the environment.

rimcBOD   2021-04-29 11:44:56

I agree with this statement because food can really affect a person’s carbon footprint. Eating too much meat can affect both yourself and the environment. It can cause health problems and I agree because the amount of food that is produced per year is too much for the environment. For example, the overproduced cows in the country is really bad for the environment because cows release a lot and is produced an extra amount of C02.

lauryne00   2021-04-30 06:03:01

We can eat more vegetarian meals to reduce our meat consumption

Drewsuf   2021-04-30 08:15:13

It would also be a good idea to grow your own vegetables

lialBOD   2021-05-03 17:02:35

What I learned about my dietary choices was my carbon emissions are predominantly coming from the food I eat. I would have thought that food does not make up a large percentage of people's carbon emissions however my results proved my theory incorrect. I think that the waste from what I consume/what I throw away is the leading factor of the amount of Carbon that comes from the food section. To lower my Carbon footprint in this area, I can try to eat vegetarian friendly foods and buy foods that are locally sourced.

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teroBOD   2021-05-03 15:05:07
More sustainable eating

I think being vegetarian, vegan, or just watching the amount of animal products you consume can make an astronomical difference in your CO2 emissions. Data had indicated that if every American citizen went vegetarian for just one day, we would save 100 billion gallons of water, 1.5 billion pounds of crops, 70 million gallons of gas, 3 million acres of land, 3 million tons of soil erosion, and 4.5 million tons of animal excrement. In just a day. We can make more of an impact than we think. I have been vegetarian for about a year and 3 months, and I think it has made a slight impact. I have not bought any meat for over a year and some friends and family have been inspired to go vegetarian or pescatarian or start watching their meat consumption. It is extremely difficult to have a good environmental impact, but if we all take small steps in the right direction, we can help save our environment.

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jacoBOD   2021-04-30 11:49:28 (Last post: 2021-04-30 12:35:09)
Food Packaging

Something that I have noticed a lot recently is how much waste, especially plastic, is thrown away after a single use due to food packaging. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), food and food packaging materials make up almost half of all municipal solid waste. The EPA also says that the US generates around 292.4 million tons of solid municipal waste every year. This is an insane statistic, and one that could be easily reduced with environmentally conscious decisions about packaging and food waste. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce the amount of single use packaging you use. You could do things such as bringing your own reusable bags to the store instead of using the plastic bags they give you, and refusing plastic straws at restaurants. You could also use a reusable water bottle instead of buying plastic water bottles, which will most likely end up in the ocean where they will be eaten by fish. According Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, if we do not reduce our plastic intake, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. Finally, you can buy reusable Tupperware rather than using plastic bags. It is very important to reduce your waste and to contribute to the care of the Earth, and if we do not change our habits soon, we will ruin our home.

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London G. BOD   2021-04-30 11:56:10
Resource Conservation Individually

From London Gopalakrishnan From Bishop, O'dowd - Food habits and Meat
      I got a pretty low carbon footprint score for my state, BUT that is very much due to the family I was raised in and because I have some very lazy tendencies. I lost lots of score due to my food habits and how I was raised to eat. For some reason my body doesn't like to eat very much so I sit there eating 300 fewer daily calories than I should, but you do not need to starve yourself, and please don't. SO instead of not eating over 300 the required daily calories just be sure to watch the things you eat, like try to reduce how much pork and especially beef you eat. Remember that the more beef you eat the more cows they will kill and give birth to which leads to more global warming. Try to eat at local places to reduce the amount of vehicle travel distance. And look into some seafood or vegetarian recipes. Try to reduce the amount of meat in general if not for the animals but for the planet you live on. I recommend pasta, it's pretty quick, pretty easy and you can add lots of variation. And as an added bonus, it is much cheaper. A pound of pork or beef can cost an average of 4$ while a pound of spaghetti averages around 1.25$ per pound. So you'd save 4 dollars. AND on top of that, according to mayoclinic.org is not healthy to eat just meat every day. So to sum it up. You reduce your carbon footprint which helps the planet, you get healthier, and your wallet becomes that much happier. Plus, who doesn't love some mango or pear! SO why not try, how much could it really hurt!
(Side Note: I am not forcing anyone to do anything, this is a suggestion with ideas and statistics so this is 100% up to the reader to change whatever they want.)

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