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You and Your Carbon Footprint

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The bottom line is that we all want cleaner air. Pollution is a serious issue (see: the smog in Beijing), and can be detrimental to not only plants and animals, but also to our health and that of those you love.

Pollution doesn't end at minor eye irritations, nausea, and allergic reactions, but can also amount to chronic respiratory diseases, heart disease, and potentially damage to the brain, nerves, liver, and kidneys.

A few highly concerning things that can happen when pollution hits the atmosphere include acid rain, rain's depositing of nitrogen in soil and bodies of water, and the creation of O3, which is a poisonous gas ozone.

While many people try to be cognizant of how they live and how they might affect the environment, there are still some things we can improve on.

An interesting study outlined in The Atlantic shows that single-family households in Toronto discard about 275 kilograms of food waste per year. These statistics are staggering.

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According to the David Suzuki Foundation, almost half of all food produced worldwide is wasted. Anything from scraps to perfectly unspoiled food will be discarded anywhere from during processing to in kitchens.

Limiting food waste not only saves you money, but will actively lower your carbon footprint, reducing methane emissions from landfills.

CO2 can be further eliminated if food was grown at home.

In the Waterloo, Ontario region alone, 50,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions could be eliminated if imported food was replaced with regionally grown food!

Growing your own conserves energy and resources, eliminating the lengthy chain of growing, manufacturing, transporting, and selling the food.

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This is why we want to see an Urban Cultivator unit in every household, and in every commercial kitchen.

It's our passion to improve lives through providing a way for every household to have access to healthy, fresh, organic food.

With over 37 varieties of microgreens, herbs, vegetables, and flowers to grow, today is as good of a day as ever to start living better.

Do you have any tips on how one can reduce their carbon footprint? Let us know in the comments section below!

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3 Responses for "You and Your Carbon Footprint"

  1. Jessica says:

    I had no idea we wasted so much food!

  2. "CO2 can be further eliminated if food was grown at home."

    By and large, this is a fallacy. Transporting foodstuffs by ship, train or 18 wheeler trucks is far more efficient and produces less CO2 per mile than the type of transportation used by "local" farmers especially since the term local can mean produce ground as far as 75 miles away.

  3. Patrick Sweeney says:

    Apparently Mr Glick didn't actually read/understand the excerpt he quoted. "Grown at home" is not the same as "local".

    Beyond that, his local-vs-remote argument is anemic (at best). Transporting something thousands of miles (e.g. from South America) would have to generate vastly "less CO2 per mile" than something transported 75 miles, if his claim is to be even partially correct.

    But again, that point is moot: In comparing CO2 generation, non-local (whatever that might be) simply doesn't compete with back yard.

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