Cooking For Climate Change, Part 2

My husband Thor and I love to have people over for dinner. At the same time I’m addicted to sociability, I ‘m also passionate about choosing food with the smallest possible carbon footprint (similar to ’embodied energy’). Our guests keep coming back, so I gather our cooking tastes pretty good.

Here are the major guidelines we use:

  • Buying local food lowers carbon footprint more than the ‘organic’ label
    Example: Australian wine doesn’t make the cut for Oregonians
  • Build meals around what’s in season where you live
    Examples: citrus & avocados in Sun Belt; salmon & pears in Northwest
  • Avoid frozen food (freezing uses a lot of energy)
  • Exception: unless frozen food clearly reduces your car-trips to the store
  • Meat holds huge embodied energy, i.e. fossil fuel inputs
  • So, use meat sparingly as an accent or not at all
  • Build meals around pasta, beans, lentils, and whole grains
  • Right-size our servings of food
  • I.e., a normal serving of pasta is the size of one’s fist

Sidebar: When it comes to a quick bite out, we find that Burgerville is very diligent about sourcing from local farmers. And I understand they treat their employees well, too.

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1 Response to “Cooking For Climate Change, Part 2”


  1. 1 Katie April 3, 2008 at 12:19 am

    Hi Alison,

    I saw that you are a fan of Burgerville and I have an interesting proposal for you. How would you like to come down to your nearest Burgerville, enjoy some free food, free WiFi Internet and make our restaurant your blog headquarters for the day?

    We are getting ready to announce free wireless Internet at all of our Burgerville locations and we wanted to give a few of our fans a chance to test it out. We hope you consider sharing your Burgerville experience with your blog readers as well.

    I’ve included a link to a coupon for a free fresh strawberry milkshake (http://www.burgerville.com/wifi/coupon/). Feel free to print it off and bring it into the restaurant when you come in. You can also share the link to this coupon with your readers, friends and family.

    Now not all Burgerville’s have the WiFi up and running yet, but the coupon is good at any restaurant. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

    Hope to see you there,
    Katie


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