by Tera Clausen, SLCgreen intern
Holiday season is upon us once again.
Which means it’s time to come together with family and friends to celebrate– and what holiday celebration would be complete without delicious feasts and yummy treats?
At this time of plentiful feasting, we thought it’d be a great time to talk about food.
One of my recent tasks here at SLCgreen was to compile information for a new webpage, called Dining with Discretion. This section is a bit different than SLCgreen’s other pages, in that it discusses the big picture way our food choices have an environmental impact.
I was surprised by some of what I found:
- Did you know that if every American chose to not eat meat and cheese for just one day a week, it would be the equivalent of taking 7.6 million cars off the road?
- Are you aware that rain forests are being cut at the rate of 36 football fields per minute each year to make room for cattle grazing and farming?
These are sobering and overwhelming statistics. But our goal is to empower you with information necessary to make a difference– whether that’s through a few small changes or even bigger ones.
That’s what “Dining with Discretion” means.
Discretion is the freedom to decide what should be done in a particular situation, so to Dine with Discretion means to make food choices with the understanding of how the food system affects our world.
Talking about Food Choices at the Office
As I discussed webpage content with my supervisor, one of my co-workers in our neighboring division overheard the idea of giving up meat and cheese one day a week. She joined the conversation and was adamant that she would never give up meat or cheese. The longer we discussed food choices, the more of our fellow SLC Corp co-workers began joining in on the conversation. When I left work that day I had no idea that this conversation would continue for several days. While many people had varying opinions, one thing became very clear – food can be a divisive topic.
However, the question remains: Do people actually want to make these choices, especially when it comes to animal products?
I decided to do a little “market research” by asking around the Public Services office whether people would be willing to alter their behaviors to Dine with Discretion. Read more