Monday, October 15, 2007

Local Food and Carbon Offsets

I found a reference to this on one of my favorite farm blogs, Sugar Creek .

"If every U.S. citizen ate just one meal a week (any meal) composed of locally and organically raised meats and produce, we would reduce our country's oil consumption by over 1.1 million barrels of oil every week. That's not gallons, but barrels. Small changes in buying habits can make big differences. Becoming a less energy-dependent nation may just need to start with a good breakfast." Barbara Kingsolver's "Animal, Vegetable, Mineral"

That is amazing, absolutely gob smacking! Think about these numbers.

1 barrel of oil makes 20 gallons of gasoline. 1 gallon of gasoline makes 20 pounds of carbon dioxide. So if every person ate just one meal a week of local food that would equal 440,000,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a week! 22,880,000,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year!

One passenger car a year getting 21.5mpg and traveling 12,500 miles a year only emit 11,450 pounds of CO2 a year!

We need to think about definitive ways to offset the carbon emitted by people driving to our farm for pickup. Maybe by purchasing compact fluorescent for lower income households?

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