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Earth Day 2018: Green Foods & Recipes For A Healthier Planet

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Make every day Earth Day by eating sustainable, plant-friendly foods that will make both you and the planet healthier. Indeed, Michael Pollan’s adage of “Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants,” is really the perfect Earth Day philosophy to embrace.

Looking for some Earth Day food tips? Go meatless more than just Mondays, and try to choose food that is mostly organic, local, and with little packaging. To help make some more wise choices, here are some startling statistics:

  • Which are some of the worst offenders in terms of a carbon footprint? Lamb, beef, pork, turkey and chicken all contribute greenhouses gases. In fact, animal agriculture accounts for about 15% of all greenhouse emissions. As Treehugger notes, “The average American eats three burgers per week, or about 150 burgers per year; that’s a lot of beef, cheese, shipping and grilling, and it really adds up. According to Jamais’ calculations, America’s love of burgers contributes approximately 941 to 1023 pounds of greenhouse gas per person, per year — the rough equivalent of the annual carbon output from 7,500-15,000 SUVs if the 300 million US citizens hit the 3 burgers/week average.”
  • According to the World Atlas, “rice paddies are the largest source of methane gas on the earth.”
  • Think tuna and salmon are always sustainable and good fish to choose? Think again. Check out Seafood Watch’s Sustainable Fish guide.
  • We love almonds but 100 liters of water are required to produce 100 ml of almond milk–problematic when you realize drought-ridden California is the nation’s almond basket.
  • Cow milk production results in almost ten times the amount of carbon than that emitted when creating almond, soy or coconut milk. Cheese made from methane-gas emitting cows is also not earth-friendly.


Want some Earth Day snack ideas, treats and desserts? These are some of our best Earth Day 2018 recipes.

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