Jul
23
2008

Eat less and save...fuel, that is

Can this be converted to energy savings?
Can this be converted to energy savings?Courtesy size8jeans
Eager to help the environment? Want to reduce fuel consumption? Well, according to a new study published in the journal Human Ecology, you can do your part by not stuffing so many calories into your face.

On average we Americans just eat too much. We consume about 1200-1500 more calories per day than is recommended. Not only that but most of the 3700 calories we do take in each day comes from junk and processed foods, and animal products, which use up a lot more fuel and resources to produce than simpler foods like potatoes, fruits and vegetables.

Conventional meat and dairy farming require large amounts of energy what with processing, packaging and long-distant distribution, so the study suggests a return to more organic, localized farming methods to help reduce energy usage. Of course, this means the end users – us – will have to reduce our intake of animal fat and processed foods, and shift to simpler, healthier diets, but the impact on fuel consumption would be tremendous.

But wait, there’s more.

The current health trend in the United State is in a rather dismal state. Many of us are overweight , diabetes is on the rise, and now we’ve got doctors recommending cholesterol-lowering drugs for children . A radical shift in our food production methods, and a reduction in our caloric intake such as the study suggests would not only solve some of our current energy woes, but the general health of the US population would benefit, too.

SOURCES AND INFO

ScienceDaily story
NY Times story: Rethinking the Meat-Guzzler

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

A Match Keel Kiwi's picture
A Match Keel Kiwi says:

You could also grow your own food...if you don't feel like dropping any weight.

posted on Sun, 07/27/2008 - 7:21am
Linda's picture
Linda says:

More training in nutrition and health would be helpful to a lot of adults and children. Healthy eating should be implemented as children are growing up. Many parents have used treats as a reward system and this encourages unhealthy habits.

posted on Wed, 10/15/2008 - 10:23am
kali0082's picture
kali0082 says:

Not only do processed foods use up fuel, but they use up water as well! I think that people would be surprised to see how much water it takes to produce food.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080710103907.htm
This article states that every calorie of food requires a liter of water to produce it!

posted on Fri, 11/07/2008 - 8:46am
Esmeralda's picture
Esmeralda says:

Everyone should eat healthier and help conserve energy.

posted on Fri, 01/16/2009 - 10:57am

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