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Kinderfood Can Save the Planet — Dave’s Diary

Kater the Gator, my 5 and a half year old tornado child starts Kindergarten “transition week” today.  Here I was all ready to do my part to save the world with peanut butter and jelly when my wife reminded me that all kids get a free lunch this year if they want.  Breakfast too.

Now I’m not too sure how often we’ll avail ourselves of that federally funded famine cruncher but it does throw off my green game a bit. (not really)

You see I found an article that asks; Want to change the world? Just eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch.

How does that work?

  • One sandwich reduces your carbon footprint by saving the equivalent of 2.5 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over an average animal-based lunch like a hamburger, a tuna sandwich, grilled cheese, or chicken nuggets.
  • If you have a PB&J instead of a ham sandwich or a hamburger, you save the equivalent almost 3.5 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • A PB&J will also save about 280 gallons of water over the hamburger. To put this in perspective, three PB&Js a month instead of hamburgers will save about as much water as switching to a low-flow showerhead.
  • A PB&J will save 12 to 50 square feet of land from deforestation, over-grazing, and pesticide and fertilizer pollution.

I don’t know. I kinda liked the idea of smooth spreading Jiff on a slice of wonder bread without having to consider the rainforest.  I suppose Katie won’t care much about going green, just as long as the bologna on tomorrow’s sandwich isn’t!

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