The Environment and Modern Agriculture

The Carbon Footprint of Food

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It is important to learn about greenhouse gas emissions because of their impact on our planet. One very serious impact of the accumulation of these greenhouse gases is climate change.

This Carbon Footprint Fact Sheet provides detailed information on how food production in the United States creates greenhouse gas emissions.

1. Referencing the Carbon Footprint Fact Sheet, record answers to the following questions:

a. What do you find surprising about the food graphic?

b. What types of foods account for the greatest amount of greenhouse gases?

c. Hypothesize some of the reasons for these types of foods emitting such a large amount of greenhouse gases.

d. What are some ways we could reduce our carbon footprint through dietary changes?

What is YOUR carbon footprint? Use this Carbon Footprint Calculator to calculate your own diet’s impact.

Please follow your teacher's instructions on how to submit your work!

Assignment:

Based on the results from your Carbon Footprint Calculator calculations, list 7 ways you can reduce your food carbon footprint.

Please follow your teacher's instructions on how to submit your work!

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