05 Sep '11, 7pm

Having a cookout today? You might want to check this out before picking the menu:

Having a cookout today? You might want to check this out before picking the menu:

Ah, summer. It always brings up the same sensory memories: the sounds of waves crashing, the taste of cold lemonade (or, let’s be honest, a cold Bell’s Oberon) and the smells of a backyard cookout. What would summer be without the smell of charcoal and meat and lighter fluid floating through the air? Well, a new report by the Environmental Working Group shows that it would be a summer that takes a much lighter toll on the planet. The report didn’t reveal much that I (we?) didn’t already know, but it does present the information in an easy-to-understand format (charts! ) and compares each food to something that the American public has already accepted as being bad for the planet – driving your car. According to the report, eating 4 oz. of beef is the equivalent of driving 7 miles in terms of greenhouse gas emissions , while eating 4 oz. of nuts, yogurt, beans, broccoli or t...

Full article: http://blog.nature.org/2011/09/summer-cookouts-on-the-way...

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