Thursday, 14 February 2008

Saving the world... One Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich at a time!

I just came across this article - apparently we can save the world by eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!

According to the article, eating a peanut butter and jelly (PB&J!) sandwich instead of a meat/egg/fish based snack saves water, saves land, saves natural resources and slows global warming!

Choosing PB&J over a meat-based sandwich saves:

  • the equivalent of almost 3.5 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, including 2.5 pounds of carbon dioxide.
  • about 280 gallons of water
  • anywhere from 12 to 50 square feet of land from deforestation, overgrazing, and pesticide and fertilizer pollution.
Headline numbers, eh??

I know that whilst I only buy free-range eggs, usually buy organic free-range meat and buy local, seasonal produce where possible, I certainly don't think enough about the environmental impact of what I choose to cook and eat. Whilst I'm not saying I'll never have a ham sandwich again, this article has made me realise that small differences can mean big differences - and I'm blogging it here to hopefully spread the word!

Please read the article, and if you agree, talk it up!


And now - a confession! I've never tried PB&J. I'm going to rectify that soon with a PB&J snack fest. Expect a post soon with my experiences - toasted, fried and raw!

Watch this space!

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2 comments:

Aleja said...

I really got a kick out of that article. Thanks for sharing :)

I don't eat meat all that often (a taste choice, not anything to do with my beliefs) but maybe I will eat a peanut butter sandwich with this in mind :)

Jen said...

Hmmmm.... this is really interesting. I remember a high school biology teacher telling us that it takes more energy to produce a cow then we get from eating it but the article definitely spells it out. It's kind of curious that they add eggs and milk/cheese to the list of products that one should avoid, as the chicken/cow can keep on producing the eggs/milk for quite a while, so it seems to me at least that while not as good as veggies, they wouldn't be nearly as bad as eating meat either.

I almost never eat meat at lunch just because I don't like it that much either, but I'll definitely feel better about my choice... and peanut butter is one of my favorite things in the world.
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