Buy food grown close to home and reduce your carbon footprint

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Buy food grown close to home and reduce your carbon footprint

The carbon footprint measures the impact of our activities on the environment. It refers to the amount of greenhouse gases we produce daily by burning carbon based fuels for transportation, heating and electricity by measuring in units of kilograms or tons the amount of carbon dioxide produced.

China (22.3%) and US (19.91%) sum more than 42% of world’s annual CO2 emissions, each of them emitting more than the entire European Union (14.04%). Something needs to be done and should start with regular people. In other words, reduce personal carbon footprint. Here’s an interesting idea for you to consider: buy food grown close to home and reduce your carbon footprint.

Your garden is more important than you think. For example you can plant trees since they absorb a lot of CO2, or create your own compost out of food and garden waste and you will both get to have a rich nutrient to spread in your garden and also collectors will not have to come to you and then go to landfill as often, sparing gas consumption.

You should also grow fruits and vegetables in your garden if possible. Many food miles would be saved if all the fruits and vegetables you need were right in your garden. If don’t have the time orĀ  space to do those, you should at least buy from a local farm instead of a supermarket. In US, the average meal travels 1,200 miles to get to your plate. If you would buy food produced in your local community, you would actually save all that gas burned as fuel to get that meal to you.

And these are just some of the ways you can use garden effectively. Grow or buy food grown close to home and reduce your carbon footprint. Is a first step towards a cleaner environment for you and the generations to come.

 

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