Using research and debate, discover the environmental impact of our food choices and how to be conscientious consumers.
Your class will explore the environmental impact of food, considering the energy needed for growing, transporting, and storing food, its land and water footprint, and social equity issues. Students will debate different ways that tomatoes are produced to investigate which is most sustainable.
Calculating the foodprint of food is about more than just the distance it travels to get to us. It also includes how the food was produced (pesticide herbicide use, land use, water use, labour), processed (how much processing is done before being sold, what kind of packaging is used), stored (cooling), and sold. Different kinds of food can also have larger impacts. For example, raising cows for beef and dairy has a much higher foodprint than growing tomatoes, because of the land use and methane emitted by the cows.
A number of foodprint calculation tools exist to help people identify the impact of their food choices. Check out foodprint calculators.
For more data on the environmental impacts of food production, check out "Our world in data".
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