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Go green in the kitchen on Earth Day
Tammy Roberts, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Bates County, University of Missouri Extension
April 22 is Earth Day — a day to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment so that we can protect the natural gifts of the planet. One of the goals of Earth Day is to measurably reduce carbon emissions. There are small things that anyone can do in our kitchens and with our food to make a difference.
- Buy locally grown produce. Locally grown produce spends less
time on a truck, which reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The health benefit
of locally grown produce is that it retains more nutrients. The longer
the fruit or vegetable is away from the plant, the more nutrients
it loses. Most food at a farmers market is picked on the morning
it is sold.
- Walk to the farmers market. You can burn 100 calories for every
mile walked and for every mile you don’t drive you can prevent a
pound of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere.
- Buy in bulk, which helps save money and reduces the amount
of packaging that has to go to the recycle bin or the trash.
- Use cloth whenever possible. Americans consume one-third of the
world’s annual paper production, so think twice before you purchase
paper towels or paper napkins.
- Take your own bags to the grocery store. There is no need to
purchase new bags, just re-use the ones from your last trip or buy
reusable cloth bags. (An exception would be the bags that meat was
packaged in — meat and poultry can harbor bacteria so those bags
should be thrown out.)
- Use wax paper. Wax paper can be composted, so use it instead of plastic when you can. Composting is a great way to reduce waste production and it’s great for the garden.
Last update: Monday, April 18, 2016