Green Holiday meal
- Subject: [cg] Green Holiday meal
- From: "Sharon Gordon" email@example.com
- 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.
"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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