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Quiz results in global acres
My Food Footprint: 0.00 ga
Country Average: 0.00 ga

Next, we estimate your food footprint. Your food footprint includes the area needed to grow crops, fish, and graze animals and absorb carbon emissions from food processing and transport.

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WHY is a leading advocate for innovative, community-based solutions to hunger and poverty. WHY challenges society to confront these problems by advancing models that create self-reliance, economic justice, and equal access to nutritious and affordable food. WHY manages the Food Security Learning Center. From getting local food into school meals to promoting farmers’ markets in food insecure communities, the Learning Center offers blueprints and examples of models that work.

13. What best describes your diet?

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My diet and my footprint

A plant-based diet is significantly less land and energy intensive than a diet with a high proportion of meat, seafood, and dairy. A recent study found that a low-fat vegetarian diet needs 0.18 hectares per person per year while a high-fat diet with lots of meat needs 0.85 hectares because animals need so much more room. And because meat production drives deforestation and requires high inputs of energy for processing and transportation, it also comes with a high carbon footprint price tag. Globally, it has been estimated that up to 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions are associated with animal product consumption.


14. Where do you obtain most of your food?

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Food miles, packaging, and where I shop

Two important variables affecting your food footprint are food miles (or miles to market) and the amount of processing and packaging. If your food comes from far away – such as out of season produce imported from across the world – it requires lots of energy for transportation and refrigeration. If it is highly processed and comes in copious paper packaging, it puts a strain on forests. Buying fresh local foods from farmers markets and other locally owned sources or natural foods markets reduces these impacts.

15. How often do you select foods that are certified organic or sustainably produced?

16. Which choice best describes how much you normally eat?

17. Do you have a garden or share one to grow your own vegetables and herbs?

What is the approximate size of your garden plot?

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The growing importance of community gardens and local food

Transitioning from global to local food systems is one of the most important challenges in the era of peak oil, climate change, and growing economic and political insecurity. Small scale food production at the local level relieves the enormous environmental impacts associated with industrial agriculture and is an essential source of nutrition for those in need. The Food Security Learning Center has found that community gardens – particularly those in underserved areas – address lack of access to fresh produce, making them a critical piece of a community's food security. One study estimates that home or community gardening can add $500 to $1200 worth of produce per year to a family's diet – a big difference for low-income families.

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