Ecological Footprint

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ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT 3

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Part1: Diet choices

Aftercalculating my ecological footprint, I discovered that I need 1.5earths. Due to my carbon footprint, I need more than one earth. Theecological footprint is the measure of human impact on theirenvironment that is usually dictated by specific lifestyle choices(Collin and Flynn, 2015). During the process of calculating myecological footprint, I was asked if I consume beef in my daily diet.In addition, I was required to state the average size of beef that Iconsume as part of my daily diet. The question is important with theobjective to compare the average size of beef I consume with thenational average that is given. Beef and cheese are some examples offoods that are more likely to increase one’s ecological footprint.It happens when an individual consumes twice the average nationalsize that is already calculated.

Themain reason why beef is more likely to increase an individual’secological footprint is because of the amount of carbon footprint(Vale, 2013). Meat and particularly beef production has the highestcarbon footprint. That is indicated in the 12% from agriculturalproduction, 9% that is obtained a s a result of deforestation forfarming purposes and a further 3% emissions from the processes oftransportation and storage (Vale, 2013). In addition, cheese is onefood that when consumed, have high carbon intensity. Some factorsthat are considered when calculating carbon intensity levels includefood energy content, production emissions, food waste and foodlosses. To elaborate further, it is important to note that duringfood production, emission for each unit of food produced is obtained.A further adjustment process is run for food waste and also thelosses in the food supply chain. The results obtained produceemissions of food consumed per every unit (Collin and Flynn, 2015).

PartII: The origin of food

Themost common type of cereal that I enjoy during breakfast is Bob’sRed Mill Crunchy Coconut Granola cereal. I consume the particularbreakfast on an average of four times a week because it is easier,fast and inexpensive for my lifestyle. Bob’s Red Mill CrunchyCoconut Granola contains several ingredients that include granola,grain oats, sesame seeds, toasted coconut, vanilla and molasses.Grain oats are produced and manufactured locally in Californiameaning that the transportation costs for reaching consumers here isrelatively low. In addition, sesame seeds are grown in West Texas andthere is availability of manufacturing plants that process thesegrains. The cost of packaging and transportation locally isrelatively low as well. The last ingredient in my breakfast diet iscoconuts which are locally produced in South Florida that containsabout forty acres of coconut plantations. The transportation anddistribution of coconuts within the United States is relatively low.

Ihave learnt that my choice of breakfast mainly contains locally grownfoods such as sesame seeds, oat grains and coconuts. The goodimplication of the observation is that my ecological footprint scoreis more likely to reduce. The main reason why the ecologicalfootprint score reduces is the low amounts of energy that is neededwhen transporting such ingredients to reach the final consumer(Nordmann, 2012). I believe that to promote a healthy environment anindividual is advised to purchase those products whose origin islocal, with an aim of reducing carbon emissions. Consequently, I willcontinue to consume the particular breakfast because it promoteshealthy environment. However, because I am a meat lover, myecological footprint went high and I will cut the level of my intake.The course was an eye opener as far as the relationship of the foodswe consume, affects our environment.

References

CollinsA., Flynn A. (2015) The: New York Development in Policy and Practice.Cheltenham. Edward Elgar Publishing.

NordmannJ. (2012) EcologicalFootprint as a management tool for corporations.London. Grin Verlag Publishing.

ValeB., Vale R. (2013) LivingWithin a Fair Share .New York. Routeledge

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