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Green Holiday meal

  • Subject: [cg] Green Holiday meal
  • From: "Sharon Gordon" gordonse@one.net
  • Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2005 12:06:54 -0500

The Toronto Star (Toronto, Canada)  had a fascinating story yesterday
comparing the carbon dioxide emissions of a locally-sourced holiday meal
versus a globally-sourced meal. It shows the greenhouse gas effects of
shipping the food for a meal.

A turkey and imported trimmings centred around  a Caribbean theme of mango
and ginger chutney, candied Jamaican yams with almonds, fried plantain,
creamed spinach, and mandarin oranges - all made with exclusively imported

The local meal was a turkey plus cranberry sauce, rosemary potato pie, roast
maple winter vegetables, shredded beet and carrot salad, and baked apple
with maple syrup.

The results:
"Getting the food and wine to our table from Ontario sources resulted in 369
grams of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere. The imported
dishes and wine contributed a whopping 15.71 kilograms - 42.6 times the
carbon dioxide from the local food."


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