Crazy food lady wannabe

Ok, first on my Riot for Austerity, or quest to reduce emissions by 90%, is an accounting of my present food situation(see the last post). This is because food is one of the hardest categories to be sustainable at here in Alaska. The short version of the rules is that 70% should be local, 25% bulk dry items, 5% or less conventional wet items.

Personal results are highly seasonal. This week I ate a local salmon fillet from my freezer. I made and ate coleslaw with two local heads of cabbage (from my CSA, stored in my fridge – had to pull off all the outer rotting leaves first). The coleslaw also involved non-local, non-bulk yogurt, raisins, apple, and sunflower seeds. I ate non-local birthday cake and pizza and natural soda and fruit at my kid’s b-day party. I ate hunter sticks (mostly non-local meat) and fruit and beans yesterday – all non-local, not bulk dry. I always eat bulk oatmeal for breakfast (w/ local fruit in a couple months of the summer, then non-local fruit). Right now I’d say I’m at (optimistically) 15% local, 15% bulk, and 70% non local wet for the winter. I can do better. I need to stock up on local potatoes and carrots, if I can still find them, eat up the rest of the salmon in the freezer and self-canned soup from my CSA and the rest of my stored cabbage. I bet I’ll be eating even more non-locally as we head into early spring though, until I find time to store more local food for winter.


3 responses to “Crazy food lady wannabe

  1. You might like to check out this talk: by Saul Griffith (a MacArthur fellow who works on high-altitude wind power… using giant kites, funded by Google!) on how much renewable energy we need, and how much energy per unit time we each use. He’s built an interesting personal power calculator too, called WattzOn. Here’s my profile (could be much more detailed – this is a first cut without a lot of embodied energy values): I was amazed and disturbed to see that for any plausible values of my energy use, the energy the government uses on my behalf is of the same order of magnitude.

  2. Here’s my first cut:

    There are some definite glosses in their accounting, but then there are plenty in any simplified method (such as the reducing emissions from food by the 70:25:5 plan). Some of my biggies are flying for my job, heating my building, and government (which I’m currently ignoring for my personal goals, but of course will have to be tackled!). I’m not sure I correctly assessed my food eaten vs. normal american (I’m out of touch with normal american) and this site doesn’t weight for local, which is important, as is the animal vs. vegetable question. I started to listen to the talk, but I’m going to have to find an hour block sometime – difficult because I don’t get on a computer when I am not at work, and I try to limit my personal time at work 🙂 But it looks quite interesting.

    I forgot to mention that snacks and candy at work are very hard for me to resist, and bring down my local food percentage (but I think I did account for that above). Also, I eat too much food total. Since taking a desk job, I am about 15 pounds over my old normal/fit weight. I’m not in health danger, but I take more than my fair share of resources.

  3. I’ve done this one before. I didn’t save my results, but I have reported them in an earlier post, I believe. It is also simplified, but allows a bit more detail on some things, less on others:

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