If the low-carbon calculator has you thinking about the eco-friendliness of your food, The Center for Food Safety is glad.
The Center has launched the Cool Foods Campaign, which aims to inform eaters that by changing the way you eat, you can reduce your contribution to global warming. Some prominent foodies are involved in the campaign, including chefs Dan Barber and Peter Hoffman, and food writer Anna Lappé.
Cool Foods wants people to think about their foodprint - the amount of greenhouse gases that were created in the production and shipping of the food they buy. The effort's website explains that the "coolest" foods have a low foodprint and are made without producing excess greenhouse gases. They suggest asking 5 simple questions about a food before you buy it:
1. Is this food organic?
2. Is this product made from an animal?
3. Has this food been processed?
4. How far did this food travel to reach my plate?
5. Is this food excessively packaged?
Foodprints were calculated using government data and researchers looked at all aspects of a food's production and transportation. The group offers information on how to consider what foods to buy.
You can join the campaign by signing up on their website. You'll get information and updates on global warming, agriculture, and sustainable food issues particular to your region.
You can also check out our article 30 Days to Green Your Diet to get started.
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