Food production, “Food miles” and greenhouse gas emissions

8 06 2009

Via Sociological Images:

Christopher L. Weber and H. Scott Matthews authored a report Food-Miles and the Relative Climate Impacts of Food Choices in the United States.  It appeared in Environmental Science and Technology in April 2008.  It “compares greenhouse gas emissions associated with food production against long-distribution food distribution, aka ‘food miles'”.  The following chart shows the greenhouse gas emissions associated with household food consumption, like red meat, oils/sweets/condiments, fruits/vegetables, dairy products, chicken/fish/eggs, cereals/carbs, beverages, and miscellaneous products:

co2food

This chart illustrates that food production accounts for the majority of greenhouse gas emissions.  The report encourages us to be mindful about our food consumption choices.





Monday Blogaround

8 06 2009

Here’s what my feminist radar picked up today:

Harvard to Endow Chair in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies

Republicans Regain Control of New York State Senate

Back to the Future in Torture Policy

15-Year-Old Victim Will Not See Her Rapists Prosecuted

Can a Speech Change the World?

More Bellyachin’ about Sluts!

Pink Sheep Of The Family

To Whom You Are Accountable

Model Choi Jin-Sil sued – for being beaten

Frat Boy Culture, Gender Identity, and Rape

Systemic Racism in Banking: The Wells-Fargo Case