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The Environmental Impact of Carrots: From Farm to Table

The humble carrot is a staple ingredient in kitchens around the world. So much so, that carrots take the winning role of America’s most trusted, and sixth most consumed vegetable. Carrots are full of nutrients, antioxidants, and carotenoids. As an excellent source of Vitamin A, the debate about whether carrots can help you see in the dark is ongoing, but what cannot be disputed are the health benefits. However, much less is shared about the effects of carrot production and wastage on our planet. So we had to ask: What is the environmental impact of carrots?

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Is Eating Onions Ethical & Sustainable? Here Are the Facts

As the third largest fresh vegetable industry in the United States, onions are a staple ingredient in many households. In fact, onion consumption has risen by an enormous 79% over the last thirty years, and 93% of restaurants in America feature this root vegetable on their menus. Since onions are so widely consumed, it is important to know the impact that they have on the planet and the people on it. So we had to ask: How ethical and sustainable is eating onions?

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The Environmental Impact of Onions: From Farm to Table

As the third largest fresh vegetable industry in the United States, onions are a staple ingredient in many households. In fact, onion consumption has risen by an enormous 79% over the last thirty years, and 93% of restaurants in America feature this root vegetable on their menus. However, much less is shared about the effects of onion production and wastage on our planet. So we had to ask: What is the environmental impact of onions?

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Is Eating Potatoes Ethical & Sustainable? Here Are the Facts

Potatoes are one of the most versatile vegetables because they can be prepared in many ways from roasted and fried to boiled or mashed. Americans, on average, eat a potato every day, making them the second most consumed food in the US. Potatoes were even the first vegetable to be grown in space! Since potatoes are so widely consumed, it is important to know the impact that they have on the planet and the people on it. So we had to ask: How ethical and sustainable is eating potatoes?

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Is Eating Tomatoes Ethical & Sustainable? Here Are the Facts

Tomatoes are the second most consumed vegetable in the US and the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. They also are a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K. Yet, much less is shared about the effect tomatoes have on the planet and communities. So we had to ask: Is eating tomatoes ethical and sustainable?

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The Environmental Impact of Tomatoes: From Farm to Table

Tomatoes are the second most consumed vegetable in the US and the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. They also are a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K. Yet, much less is shared about the effect tomatoes have on the planet. So we had to ask: What is the environmental impact of tomatoes?

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The Environmental Impact of Potatoes: From Farm to Table

Potatoes are one of the most versatile vegetables because they can be prepared in many ways from roasted and fried to boiled or mashed. Americans, on average, eat a potato every day, making them the second most consumed food in the US. Potatoes were even the first vegetable to be grown in space! Since potatoes are so widely consumed, it is important to know how sustainable they are. So we had to ask: What is the environmental impact of potatoes?

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10 Fruits With the Lowest Carbon Footprint: The Full Life-Cycle Analysis

Fruit is one of the healthiest food groups, providing important nutrients like vitamin C, potassium, protein, and fiber. But, the growing, picking, transporting, and packaging processes of fruit can create significant carbon emissions. Some are higher emitters than others, but it can be difficult to determine which ones are the most environmentally friendly. So, we had to ask: What are the fruits with the lowest carbon footprints?

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10 Fruits With the Highest Carbon Footprint: The Full Life-Cycle Analysis

Fruit is one of the healthiest food groups, providing important nutrients like vitamin C, potassium, protein, and fiber. They are delicious too, useful as a quick snack and a popular ingredient in baked goods. But, the growing, picking, transporting, and packaging processes of fruit can create significant carbon emissions. Some are higher emitters than others, using more than their share of carbon to make it from farm to table. So, we had to ask: What are the fruits with the highest carbon footprints?

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What Is the Carbon Footprint of Sweet Potatoes? A Life-Cycle Analysis

Roasted, fried, boiled, or mashed, sweet potatoes are one of the more versatile vegetables, which is why the popularity of this crop has skyrocketed by over 40% in the last two decades. The US started growing sweet potatoes during WWII, but they were slowly fading from the American cookbook, until the popularity of sweet potato fries. However, much less is shared about the environmental impact, and especially the carbon emissions of sweet potatoes. So we had to ask: What is the carbon footprint of sweet potatoes?

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What Is the Carbon Footprint of Green Onions? A Life-Cycle Analysis

Green onions are immature bulb onions, harvested before the bulb has had a chance to swell. Filled with vitamin C, K, and calcium, the green onion is a nutrient-rich food. This ingredient is commonly found in Asian cooking, such as in Chinese scallion pancakes, or Korean pa muchim, and is often used as a garnish, or seasoning, similar to garlic. Yet, much less is shared about the environmental impact, and especially the carbon emissions of green onions. So we had to ask: What is the carbon footprint of green onions?

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What Is the Carbon Footprint of Garlic? A Life-Cycle Analysis

The average American eats two pounds of garlic a year, and 14% of us put garlic on nearly everything we cook. Garlic has a host of health benefits and medicinal properties, and could help reduce cholesterol and heart disease. Furthermore, it contains antioxidants that may prevent the common cold, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. Yet, much less is shared about the environmental impact, and especially the carbon emissions of garlic. So we had to ask: What is the carbon footprint of garlic?

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Is Eating Dates Ethical & Sustainable? Here Are the Facts

Dates are a sweet, often dried delicacy that’s popular in Middle Eastern desserts. They also have an ever-increasing global market, reaching over a million tons in volume in 2021. In terms of health benefits, dates pack a good amount of protein, potassium, and fiber. However, there are many aspects to the date industry that can be very unethical and unsustainable. So, we had to ask: Is eating dates ethical and sustainable?

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