Think.Eat.Save – Reduce your foodprint!
Did you know there is an extended environmental impact of Food Waste?
Not only does discarded food produce harmful methane emissions when stashed in landfills, but it also wastes the resources used in food production and transport.
The Theme for this year's United Nations Environmental Programme World World Environment Day is Think-Eat-Save.
Photo Credit: UNEP
The World Environment Day celebration began in 1972 to increase worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action by empowering YOU to become agents for change in support of sustainable and equitable development. World Environment Day is also a day for people from all walks of life to come together to ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter outlook for themselves and future generations.
Everyone counts in this initiative and World Environment Day relies on you to make it happen!
How are you reducing Food Waste in your businesses and your households?
Let us know what you're doing on our Gratitude Gourmet Facebook Page and UNEP's Page.
For History: As a United States Peace Corps Volunteer serving in Hungary, my role was to teach Business English and Focus on Environmental Awareness. In addition to helping Business Owners Green Their Businesses, I also setup an Earth Week in the local town and school. Each day had a theme, including recycling and vegetarian days. I wasn't vegetarian at that time but understood the impact meat had on the planet's water and grain resources, i.e. 2,500 gallons/pound. Newsweek once put it another way: "the water that goes into a 1,000 pound steer would float a destroyer." It also takes 10 to 16 pounds of grain to produce one pound of beef. It made sense to be vegetarian 1 Day a Week, and I wasn't vegetarian. Now we've become aware that methane emissions are 23 times more powerful than carbon, and cows are a significant emitter of methane (18% Greenhouse Gas Emissions according to UN FAO). Now the UN and other countries are advocating that being vegetarian once a week has immense benefits to the planet. This is why Gratitude Gourmet was founded in May 2008: to share news on globally innovative, practical and sustainable agriculture programs and practices, and empower the individual to make changes within households, communities, and with your Vote, so we can ALL make a real difference for the Planet.
Now, we've become aware about the Food Waste impact on the planet due to methane emissions which are 23 times more powerful than carbon, and UNEP is doing wonderful work bringing more awareness on this issue for this year's World Environmental Day. I look forward to hearing more about your ACTIONS on this year's World Environmental Day and
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Happy World Environment Day (WED) Everyone!
Gratitude Gourmet registered a very simple activity on the WED website under the City of San Francisco USA but applicable everywhere: "Eat nutritious & local vegetarian and vegan food to have a lighter footprint on the planet and reduce greenhouse gas emissions." Have a great World Environment Day!