How To Eat Well And Save The Planet Too
"Our assessment calculates the 'cradle-to-grave' carbon footprint of each food item based on greenhouse gas emissions generated before and after the food leaves the farm,"
- Kari Hamerschlag, a senior analyst at the non-profit Environmental Working Group
A recent publication provides a wide-ranging overview on how different foodstuffs impact the environment and the human body.
Eating used to be simple. If you liked it and could afford it, down the hatch it went. But the days of carefree consumption of food, are a thing of the past, especially for meat lovers.
If nonstop -- and contradictory -- pronouncements by doctors as to what you should or shouldn't ingest don't spoil your appetite, dire warnings about the ruinous impact of your favorite dish on the environment or the climate probably will.
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The fact that a billion people in the world live in or close to the edge of hunger is also a sobering reminder that even basic needs should never be taken for granted.
For those who enjoy the luxury of choice, help has come in the form of what may be the most wide-ranging overview so far on how different foodstuffs -- from lentils to lamb chops -- impact the environment, the fight against global warming, and the human body.
"A Meat Eater's Guide to Climate Change and Health" is just that, a 90-page no-nonsense manual to help define a personal comfort zone between what your taste buds crave and what your conscience will allow them to experience.