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The Green Life: Green Consumption Calculators: Know Your Food Mileage

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April 06, 2011

Green Consumption Calculators: Know Your Food Mileage


This week's tips point you to the best online resources to calculate various aspects of your environmental footprint.

Tip #3: Know how far your food travels.

The average meal travels nearly 1,500 miles before it reaches your table. Today's calculator plots the journey of individual food items. For example, a banana from Ecuador would travel roughly 2,704 miles and emit over 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide to arrive in the U.S. To cut down on your food mileage, eat foods that can be grown in your region and don't have to be shipped from another hemisphere.

Tell us: What's your favorite online eco-calculator?


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