Meatless Mondays

The crispiness of bacon, the crunch of fried chicken, and the delicious taste of a freshly cooked steak! By now the mouths of many meat lovers are most likely watering. - *dead* sorry, it's probably counter-productive to post this in the middle of a post about vegetarianism ¯_(ツ)_/¯

But yeah, meat is tasty. I would know.

What I also know is that meat consumption as well as what it takes to produce and process it does affect the environment.

Americans consume more than 37 million tons of meat annually and 8 ounces of meat per day, 45% more than recommended by the USDA (U.S Department of Agriculture)( “Monday Campaigns | Meatless Monday.” Monday Campaigns. Meatless Monday Campaign, 2003-2015. Web). Red meat and dairy have the highest environmental footprint when compared to fruits and vegetables. They account for roughly 15% of total global carbon emissions. (“Monday Campaigns | Meatless Monday.” Monday Campaigns. Meatless Monday Campaign, 2003-2015. Web).

So what can we do about this?

Well, taking the initiative to participate in the Meatless Monday movement is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. This international movement was launched in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and since then many countries outside of the U.S have jumped on board with the movement.

In May of 2009, Ghent, Belgium became the first non-U.S city to go meatless on Monday. Not long after that, Paul McCartney introduced the UK to meat-free Mondays. To date, the Meatless Monday movement is active now in 36 countries.

Taking one day out of your week to go totally meat free can have a huge impact. Over the course of one year, for example, a four-person family who skips eating meat one time during a week is equivalent to taking your car off the road for five weeks! Studies show that meat production produces significantly more green house gases than vegetables, including carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide.

If everyone went meatless on Monday, the impact of the pollution caused by meat production would greatly be reduced! So I challenge you to visit today and take the pledge to go a meat-free Monday!


Co-authored by the OnAir Team

4 Benefits of Eating Locally Grown Food

Locally grown foods are better for the environment. Many times processed foods go through multiple factories before they actually arrive at the fast food chain, and those factories use a lot of power to do things like slaughter cows our packaging food. That power is in turn supplied by power plants, which use fossils fuels to work. This whole train, can just end with you buying your foods from a farmer who uses his own tools, machines, and manpower to grow his crops.

So, there’s the major environmental impact. What are some other pros?

Here’s a list of four reasons why you should choose to go with the locally grown food in your area.

Locally grown food…

1. …is healthier than eating processed food as you’re not aware of the quantity of fat, sodium, and harmful toxins placed in it. With locally grown food, you can track the growth process and measure how many, as well as what type of chemicals are put into your foods. Plus, local foods also contain more nutrients than other foods.

2. …is better for the local economy. Buying local keeps revenue close to home and helps fund local businesses.

3. …has more flavor. When foods go through through processing, they lose key factors that hold better flavors. However, when you buy locally grown food, the flavors are still ripe due to you getting them straight from your local market. Also if you buy locally grown fruits in season, they will be full of flavor since the conditions of the soil during that time of the month are beneficial to whatever is in season. Keeping track of what’s in season helps with that too, of course. 😉

4. …helps to bring together a sense of community in an area. When people constantly start going to markets, it starts to become normal for people to get used to seeing each other. If people start caring for each other, then it will bring a nicer aura to the surrounding area.
I hope this list gave you a better idea of locally grown food. Even if you didn’t, I hope you put some of this info into consideration when you go shopping. So tell me, what do you think you’ll pick when you decide to go shopping?

Co-authored by the OnAir Team

Where Does the Meal on Your Table Come From?

Your favorite meal of all time is meatloaf and mashed potatoes, beef covered in thick white gravy with a side of mash potatoes. All you can think of before you get home is that succulent meal. However, before it can even reach your dinner table, it has to make it halfway across the country.

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Eating Healthier for Us and our Environment

In our growing world and rapidly developing society, we are faced with an increasingly urgent problem: how can we feed 7 billion mouths and counting? How do we do so without permanently damaging our environment through reckless use of water, pesticides, and monocultures? Something we can do is actually beneficial for both us and our environment.

The answer is for us to eat locally grown, healthy food. How does that help alleviate our problem? First off, transporting food takes vast amounts of energy through keeping the food at a suitable temperature over thousands of miles, and consumes fuel through this transport. When our food is grown down the road or merely has to be moved a few miles to our grocery store, we know it’s more safe and fresh to eat. Additionally, it gives local farmers a chance to grow their own strains and types of crops, promoting biodiversity amongst crop populations.

Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods, with a focus on vegetables, fruits and nuts. The efficiency of growing plants for consumption far exceeds the efficiency it takes to raise livestock, such as cattle and pigs. These animals require a lot of food and space, while also contributing to large portions of methane emissions—a notoriously dangerous greenhouse gas—through their droppings.

This does not mean to stop eating meats altogether—it still brings nutrition! However, I urge everyone to at least attempt to cut back on eating meats. When we eat healthier, we not only vastly reduce the amount of energy needed to get our food to the table, but also lessen methane emissions while increasing efficiency of total food grown! What steps have you taken to eat healthier for yourself and the environment?

Using Public Transportation

Public transportation is key to improving our air quality, especially in a city that has so much automobile traffic, like Atlanta. One common misconception about public transportation use is that it is inefficient or too time consuming. However, using public transportation like MARTA or Express Bus is amazing!

My cousin works in Atlanta, and he takes the bus to work everyday. It takes him 45 minutes compared to the hour and half by car commute. He can just relax and sleep on the bus. Also, buses have special lanes so that they can travel faster, and as a result of not having to constantly stop and go in the traffic, the buses burn less fuel. Imagine if we could get thousands of more people to use public transportation. There would be less traffic congestion, which would also help improve air quality.

Tell all of your friends and families about the benefits of using public transportation like the MARTA bus and train systems!!

Car Shopping! Introducing The Top Greenest of 2014

Vehicle emissions can affect the environment in several ways. Cars emit greenhouse gasses such as carbon dioxide, which contribute to global warming.Some air pollutants and particulate matter from cars can be deposited on soil and surface waters where they enter the food chain. These substances can affect the reproductive, respiratory, immune and neurological systems of animals.

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Future Energy Possibilities

My uncle is a genius and has designed a process which could provide a solution to climate change issues stemming from combustion gas emissions generated by the burning of fossil fuels.

These gases could be processed without separation and converted into products with an economic value and eliminate the associated environmental impact. The process can also affect the negative environmental aspects of combustion emissions from natural gas fired plants, as they are similar to the composition of emissions from coal plants, except for a lower percentage of CO2 content. The process could remove the negative environmental impact in constructing new fossil fuel powered plants, if “clean” technologies are uneconomical in a specific case.

Finally for oil and natural gas producers, the process could increase the value of produced and associated gases generated from conventional and unconventional oil and natural gas sources and where hydraulic fracturing is used. It can convert natural and acidic gases and associated gases with unconventional oil production to higher value hydrocarbon and oxygenated liquids and hydrogen gas without pre-process separation.

This would significantly multiply the per-unit value of the produced gases and act as an offset to production costs. Very scientific, but very exciting for a future energy plan.