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This is important October 14, 2008

Filed under: Personal — bonniep @ 9:43 pm

If you haven’t read this yet (and especially if you haven’t read The Omnivore’s Dilemma) do it now: Farmer in Chief.

Michael Pollan is why we started eating more organic foods, frequenting the local farmer’s market, have most of our dairy and eggs delivered from a local source, and I stopped eating meat.

From the article:

“After cars, the food system uses more fossil fuel than any other sector of the economy — 19 percent…[Industrialization] transformed a system that in 1940 produced 2.3 calories of food energy for every calorie of fossil-fuel energy it used into one that now takes 10 calories of fossil-fuel energy to produce a single calorie of modern supermarket food.”

“Four of the top 10 killers in America today are chronic diseases linked to diet: heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and cancer. It is no coincidence that in the years national spending on health care went from 5 percent to 16 percent of national income, spending on food has fallen by a comparable amount — from 18 percent of household income to less than 10 percent.”

“…if all Americans followed suit [having one meatless day a week], would be the equivalent, in carbon saved, of taking 20 million midsize sedans off the road for a year.”

It is an incredibly thought provoking article that touches on climate change, energy independence, job growth, and individual health.


One Response to “This is important”

  1. Amy Says:

    Oh man…that is crazy. I can definitely do a day, if not two. Btw…I tagged you. Check out my blog. sorry. 🙂 heh.http://http://www.amycheng.com/

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