Richards notes, “Meat, cheese and

eggs have the highest carbon footprint; fruit, vegetables, beans and nuts, much lower. T e carbon footprint of a vegetarian diet is about half that of a meat-lover’s diet.” Root crops such as carrots, radishes,

potatoes and beets have a lower carbon footprint than above-ground plants due to less food waste. A beautiful beet is easier to grow than a bell pepper that blemishes more easily. Seasonal, regional fruit, vegetables,

herbs and honey have a lighter carbon impact because they are transported shorter distances. Usually what grows best in a region and is consumed locally is also best for the climate. Foods naturally suited to their environment

grow and taste better, and are packed with more nutrients, reports Sustainable Table, an educational nonprofi t that builds healthy communities through sustainable eating habits (

Hopeful Developments New agricultural developments can also benefi t our climate environment. According to Project Drawdown research, perennial grains and cereals could be pivotal in reaching soil, carbon and energy targets. T e Land Institute, in Salina, Kansas,

has been working with the Rodale Institute, in Berks County, Pennsylvania, to develop a perennial wheat that would not have to be planted from seed each year. T is would save soil, carbon and both human and machine energy. Kernza, a new perennial grain

proven to prosper in natural grasslands like the Great Plains, is not yet widely distributed. Maria Speck, author of Simply Ancient Grains, advises, “With up to 15-foot-long roots, it can be harvested for five years and uses less fertilizer than conventional wheat. Kernza tastes almost like a cross between rice and wheat— sweet, grassy, mesmerizing.” Michael Pollan, author of Food Rules:

An Eater’s Manual and creator of the fi lm Food, Inc., suggests we keep it simple: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” Climatarians would add another guideline— eat as locally as possible.

Judith Fertig writes cookbooks plus foodie fi ction from Overland Park, KS (

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