The simplest way ever to reduce the carbon footprint of your food

January 22, 2013

Just clean that plate

Back in 1956, the notorious US prison on Alcatraz Island had this rule for all inmates: “Take all you want, but eat all you take.”

Most of us live in a world of plenty, so it is easy for us to take food for granted and to waste.  A report last fall estimated that Canadians waste $27 billion worth of food a year, the majority of it at home.  How we waste?  1) we load our plates up with more than we can eat; 2) we’re quick to discard things when they approach their best-before dates; and 3) food is cheap.

Food is a big part of our carbon footprint, and it’s obscene to waste it when nearly a billion people worldwide go to bed hungry.

So perhaps the easiest way ever to reduce the carbon footprint of our food is to simply do what prisoners at Alcatraz were asked to do: don’t serve up too much food, and clean your plate.

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