Food choices affect the climate

Food-service company Bon Appetit is testing a "low-carbon diet," designed to reduce the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause global warming.

Some studies show that the production, processing, packaging and transportation of food may contribute up to one third of the greenhouse-gas emissions each year. Making different food and beverage choices can decrease your carbon cost: eating a locally-grown apple instead of a banana flown in from Ecuador, or passing on a tilapia fillet which has been frozen using electricity from a coal-fired power plant and flown in from China on a carbon-dioxide-emitting jet. The company also encourages drinking tap water instead of bottled water.
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