Chris Ying for MAD: The Carbon Footprint of Eating Out
Eating, it turns out, is the most significant interaction most of us have with the environment. Even if we remain cloistered in air-conditioned rooms in front of keyboards and monitors for most of the day, at some point we must eat—and whether it’s a carrot stick or a Big Mac, with our first bite we implicate ourselves in the food system, and the food system is responsible for 30 percent of worldwide carbon emissions. That is to say, almost a third of greenhouse gases are a result of growing, shipping, cooking, and disposing of food.
A good effort in trying to assess the costs of eating out versus eating in. One of the main conclusions is that meats, especially beef, has a very large environmental impact in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.
Eating less meat will lead to better human health, as well as reduce our overall greenhouse gas emissions.
Also see this article at The Guardian.
No food is healthy. Not even kale.
Michael Ruhlman for the Washington Post:
We will be healthy if we eat nutritious food. Our food is either nutritious or not. We are healthy or we are not. If we eat nutritious food, we may enhance what health we possess.
Because, and this is the judgment call, fat isn’t bad; stupid is bad. And until we have better information and clearer shared language defining our food, smart choices will be ever harder to make.
Besides the rant on word usage errors, the article seems to rally against two main points – the government dietary guidelines and popular ‘healthy’ food fads.
The dietary guidelines have shifted through the years based on the available science; however, I would submit that following our best research into food and nutrition and human health is the best reasonable course we can take. I do understand that industry, politics and other factors influence the shape of the guidelines but the main ideas in those guidelines are pretty sound. It’s not enough of a reason to throw them out the window.
As for fads, in one sense, they can certainly help reduce the costs for people who absolutely have to follow those diets (i.e. gluten free foods are so much more available now and much cheaper) but they also muddy the waters for others. My recommendation is to look at the fads with eyes wide open and healthy skepticism. And eat foods in moderation.
An the entrance doors of Ottawa City Hall:
You are welcome to breastfeed here anytime, anywhere.
If you would like more privacy, please go to the information desk. Someone will take you to a breastfeeding room.
This isn’t an allergen-free topic. But I love eggs. And I love butter. It amazed me to see that there was so much butter that could be added to eggs, and that it wouldn’t melt out of the eggs after it was cooked.