You Should Know

July 2008 Issue

Dishing Up Low-Carbon

The latest environmental catch phrase is "low carbon," as in a low-carbon economy, which strives to cut back on fossil fuels to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Take the concept to your plate and you have a low-carbon diet, which maximizes foods that require less energy to grow, produce or transport. How do you know if you’re eating the low-carbon way? A new website allows you to rate your plate, carbon-style, and even suggests how to lower the carbon footprint of your diet. You can drag-and-drop "foods" onto an imaginary skillet and the site estimates the CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalents) emissions of your meal. CO2e is an international measure of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane.

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