Tue, 09/11/2012 - 1:00pm

What was the carbon footprint of your dinner last night? This documentary project examines how the foods we eat affect the planet we inhabit. In a period of extreme weather associated with climate change, our food choices can make a difference. Agriculture is a heavy emitter of heat-trapping gases. And in this sound-rich production, listeners will learn that some foods (fruits and vegetables) often have a much lighter environmental footprint than others (meat and dairy). The health benefits of climate-friendly foods are covered.

In this hour, we explore a new movement on hundreds of college campuses for more "sustainable dining" as well as healthier food choices. And we examine important changes at public school cafeterias under landmark new USDA rules to assure more nutritious school meals. A free downloadable "Climate-Friendly Food Guide" booklet is announced in the program. Produced in association with WGBH/Boston.

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