How much land does it take to support your lifestyle? Working on a class project this week I was asked to calculate my ecological footprint using the website Footprintnetwork.org. An ecological footprint measures the amount of resources required to support your lifestyle choices going through various parts of your life from how much you drive to what type of house you live in and how you eat.
The assessment included some tips to reduce my footprint including the recommendation that I eat more local produce, take public transit, turn down my thermostat and purchase more locally. Already doing all of these things begs me to question how thorough the results can be for those of us who already pay particular attention to these things and make concerted effort to reduce our impact. It also makes it harder to understand what more we can do to reduce our impact if we have already exhausted the recommendations of the "professionals". At the end of the day it is a little discouraging to see that is would still require 2.5 planets to live the way I do. But I think the real question is; what realistically can we do when we live apart of a system that will only allow us to be as sustainable as the system itself?
"Live simply that others might simply live." - Ghandi
Monday, 19 January 2015
Monday, 12 January 2015
|Cabbage from Cariboo Growers|
All wrapped up in a round package,
You can last for months in my fridge,
And survive falling from a bridge,
Green, Savoy and red,
Cabbage you are keeping me well fed,
A source of vitamin C and dietary fibre,
To which I am a subscriber.
Chopped up in Coleslaw,
A tasty treat to gnaw,
Diced and fried,
enjoyed far and wide,
If I run out I might pout,
Blanched, baked and boiled,
Eating you in time so you wont be spoiled.
There is a nasty side to you,
You can taste good and not so good too,
|University Farmers Market|
Which makes it hard to stay so classy,
You often have a funny smell,
That even scented candles wont quell,
You will be with me all winter,
Like a bad cold or a terrible splinter.
It is a love hate relationship,
In this winter vegetable dictatorship,
but for eating local,
at this time of year you are focal,
Maybe I should have been Polish,
Because I think you are delich',
and this winter from you I will survive,
Perhaps with cabbage, this locavore can thrive.
P.s. Here is a great recipe for Cabbage Rolls
"Cauliflower is nothing but Cabbage with a college education" - Mark Twain
Sunday, 4 January 2015
|The Green Team|
|Christmas with the Kehler's|
-1 purple cabbage, that upon peeling off the first few layers was still good inside despite being 2 months old
- an onion
- 4 sprouting potatoes
- 2 wrinkly apples
- eggs that I had to individually test in water to check they were still alright to consume.
After hitting the farmers market and Home Sweet Home this week I have a few more things in my fridge like cheese and butter and carrots but those staples of potatoes and cabbage are still going to be around for months... and months so time to keep experimenting!
|-24 in Prince George|
"An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make a better soup." H.L. Mencken