Global warming is irrelevant part two: Ten things you can do in your own kitchen to help the environment right now

Yesterday, I started off by saying global warming is irrelevant.

You see, global warming is a symptom. The real problem is the cause: Greenhouse emissions. By talking about global warming instead of greenhouse emissions, we are giving one too many politicians a handy excuse to avoid doing anything.

Instead, let's cut straight to the problem and focus on greenhouse emissions. Because if we deal with that, then global warming will take care of itself.

So how do we deal with greenhouse emissions? The fastest and easiest place to start is in our own kitchens.

The kitchen environmentalist, or ten things you can do in your own kitchen to help the environment today
  1. Stock up on local foods — Minimizing transportation of food also minimizes fuels burned so you might want to support your local farmer's market.
  2. Load up on organic foods — Not only is this good for you, but because organic soils are better at storing carbon dioxide, it is good for the environment, too.
  3. Put less (or no) meat in your refrigerator — You certainly know this is good for you, but did you also know this is good for the environment because it cuts down on methane gas from cows?
  4. Bring as little packaging into your kitchen as possible — This helps to cut down on production and on garbage so you save the environment twice.
  5. Fill your refrigerator with fresh, instead of frozen, foods when you can — It takes a lot more energy to produce frozen food than it does fresh.
  6. Put Energy Star appliances in your kitchen — These help decrease carbon dioxide emissions.
  7. Unplug your appliances — When you are not using your Cuisinart food processor, your KitchenAid stand mixer, your blender, your microwave, your . . . unplug them.
  8. Use appliances wisely — Only run your dishwasher, for example, when it is full and only on the energy save cycle.
  9. Recycle kitchen waste — Have a compost bin for food and find ways to reuse other items.
  10. Change your light bulb — Replace your incandescent bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb
Now it's your turn. What are you doing to help the environment?

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