If we got slimmer could we save energy and food?



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    Definitely.  Food comes with many hidden costs, including the energy used to grow or raise it, pesticides or fertilizer that entered the atmosphere, land and water as a result of it, food grown to feed it if it’s meat, the energy and resources used to package it, and energy used to transport it.  In a general sense, eating less (in a healthy manner) leads to healthier-weight people, which in the United States certainly means slimmer.  As a result, less food would be consumed, less energy would be spent making/raising/packaging/transporting it, and less waste would ensue from after dinner, when the packaging is thrown out and the waste goes to landfills.

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    Eating less saves food.  Saving food saves energy.  Therefore, eating less saves energy.  So yes, losing weight does save energy and food.

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    It’s not always about eating less, but more about what you eat.  If the average American limited their servings of meat to just twice a week, we would save tons in CO2 emissions.  The environmental cost of raising beef is enormous considering the amount of resources it takes just to produce them for our own consumption.  A large portion of the grain we grow goes not to humans, but to cattle.  Therefore, if our diets were more vegetarian, we would not only improve our own health but also the health of the planet. 

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