Have you heard that Mother earth Is getting warmer? Do you know that ice glaciers in the artic regions are melting at an enormous speed? There have been increasing reports of mega-droughts, wildfires, flooding and extreme heat episodes around the world and this could mean that, in decades to come, our planet may become more and more uninhabitable.
So what has it got to do with Carbon Foot Print? Well, for a simple introduction, carbon footprint is the measurement of one’s greenhouse emissions and carbon dioxide is one of the greenhouse gases that absorbs radiation and prevents heat from escaping our atmosphere.
Hence, this means that, when there is more and more carbon dioxide generated, the global temperature will INCREASE, making Mother earth a hotter planet to live in.
And how does making different food choices helps in reducing carbon foot print?
One needs to understand that food production is strongly related to carbon emissions. For diets that contain higher proportions of meat, more carbon footprint will result because greater amount of energy and nutrients is needed to rear the livestock such as cows and sheeps than to produce than vegetables and grains.
Hence, the carbon emissions to produce one piece of steak or one hamburger is definitely more than a bowl of salad.
Ways to reduce Carbon Foot Print:
- Reducing one’s consumption of meat (especially red meat such as beef and mutton) and choose more plant-based protein sources such as tofu, beans, peas and nuts as they have a lower carbon footprint than meat and dairy. The latter also contains no cholesterol which is good for the heart!
- Say no to plastics! Choose more reusable crockery and cutlery as burning down plastics will also cause enormous amount of carbon dioxide and toxic fumes being emitted.
- Choose local produce as much as possible (choose homegrown vegetables and eggs!). Import of food products from overseas will also result in carbon emission from the transportation carriers such as planes and cargo ships.