Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bon appetit to local environmentalists

February 24, 2011 |

Sumaya Buxton enjoys fresh, organic, local corn at the annual Hoes Down Harvest Festival last October at Full Belly Farm in the Capay Valley. Farm festivals and trips to nearby farms to harvest food are a favorite family outing. Juliette Best/Courtesy photo

Have you ever gone a day or a week without eating meat? Give it a try as part of the Cool Davis Low Impact Challenge; you may be surprised. Many delicious meals contain no meat or animal products at all.

“The Low Impact Challenge is an invitation to all Davis citizens to reduce their carbon impact by taking a simple step each day for a week to reduce their carbon emissions and ease into a sustainable, greener, more satisfying way of life,” says Lynne Nittler of the Cool Davis Initiative.

Adds Judy Moores, “Today, we invite you to think about the food you eat and its relationship to your health. Try one or more of these steps”:

* Try to eat no meat today: Be kind to your heart and try some great vegetarian dishes.

* Buy groceries from the Davis Farmers Market, Davis Food Co-op or grocery stores that offer locally grown food and lower your carbon “food-print.”

* Eat organically grown foods and keep both you and our planet healthier.

Background: The average mouthful of food travels an estimated 1,500 miles to reach us, requiring a staggering amount of fossil fuel. Every time we eat food locally grown or produced, we reduce the need for these transportation costs.

The real costs of eating meat are much greater than the price tag. Vast swaths of forest are being cleared for pastures, robbing the planet of trees, which absorb carbon dioxide. Cattle and sheep also release huge amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. A recent United Nations study found that meat production is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions — more than the entire transportation sector.

The advantages of buying local food are many: You receive fresh, delicious, nutritious food; the farmers stand a better chance of earning a decent living; and family farms are preserved. If you need recipes, check out http://www.vegetariantimes.com.

With regard to eating organic, you are reasonably assured that harmful substances will not get into the soil, food crops and your body. For community-supported agriculture programs and farms in Yolo County, see http://www.yolocounty.org/Index.aspx?page=1901.

Do you have a good idea to share with your neighbors? Add your comment to the Low Impact Challenge blog at http://www.cooldavis.org.

Whether or not you try any of the Cool Davis Low Impact Challenge steps, everyone is welcome at the celebratory potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church of Davis, 1620 Anderson Road. Dinner will be followed by a discussion of the “No Impact Man” film, the Low Impact Challenge and additional programs to reduce your carbon footprint. Guests are asked to bring a veggie dish, salad or dessert to share.

The mission of the Cool Davis Initiative — created by a network of residents, businesses, the city of Davis and local groups — is to inspire the community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to a changing climate and improve the quality of life for all, Nittler says.

Special to The Enterprise


Discussion | No comments

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .


    Somewhere, over the rainbow

    By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: A1

    Girls sleep safely at Myanmar school, thanks to generous Davisites

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Appeals panel upholds race in admissions for UT Austin

    By New York Times News Service | From Page: A3

    Parents’ Night Out planned Friday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Summer produce, yummy treats featured at Sutter market

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Saylor welcomes visitors at ‘office hours’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Drop off school supplies at Edward Jones offices

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    STEAC needs donations of personal care items

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3, 1 Comment

    Explore the night sky at Tuleyome Astronomy Night

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Yolo County CASA seeks volunteer child advocates

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8



    Korean teenagers welcome us with open arms

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Time to support people with disabilities

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Shame on the Palestinians

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A4, 3 Comments

    Kimble left a swimming legacy

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

    Questions about city revenue

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A4

    John Cole cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A4

    Not up for full-time caregiving

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5



    Tour leader Nibali: A ‘flag-bearer’ against doping

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

    Yolo Post 77 looks to avenge last year’s outcome

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Thompson shines as Republic falls

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    River Cats overpower Chihuahuas

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Area sports briefs: Heintz returns to UCD

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

    MLB roundup: Duvall, Kontos help Giants beat Phillies

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B8





    ‘Grease’ is the show at WOH

    By Bev Sykes | From Page: A7 | Gallery

    Winters Fourth Friday Feast celebrates cycling

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

    Lincoln Highway rolls into Central Park

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7 | Gallery

    Rock Band campers perform at E Street Plaza

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

    Acme Theatre to present ‘The Rememberer’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

    Video highlights walking The Camino

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7 | Gallery







    Comics: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 (set 1)

    By Creator | From Page: B5

    Comics: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 (set 2)

    By Creator | From Page: B7