Saturday, April 17, 2010

100 Mile Diet

A low carbon diet refers to making lifestyle choices to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions (GHGe) resulting from energy use.[1] It is estimated that the U.S. food system is responsible for at least 20 percent of U.S. greenhouse gases.[2] This estimate may be low, as it counts only direct sources of GHGe. Indirect sources, such as demand for products from other countries, are often not counted. A low carbon diet minimizes the emissions released from the production, packaging, processing, transport, preparation and waste of food. Major tenets of a low carbon diet include eating less industrial meat and dairy, eating less industrially produced food in general, eating food grown locally and seasonally, eating less processed and packaged foods and reducing waste from food by proper portion size, recycling or composting.[3]

As of late I have been hearing a lot about some key buzz phrases that I think make a lot of sense.  We can't save the planet or the economy overnight or all on our own  but we can try to do a little bit at a time. As a single person or family we can't make a huge impression on the magnitude of the issues, but if we think on a larger scale; {similar to the EARTH HOUR concept} about what "products" we buy, use, or support we might be albe to start making a dent... or rather an immpression. Maybe being old fashion is actually being new or current?

Below are some links that you might want to visit to learn a bit more of the philosophy behind the "trend" or rather new way of thinking.

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