Book Author Vaclav Smil and Mediterranean Diet
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Eating green can reduce carbon footprint and carbon dioxide emission thus saving the planet

We do not need a high consumption of meat.


Mediterranean diet: vegetables, eat seafood 2 times a week, such as tuna, salmon, and sardines

Cheese, fruit, healthy fats

Whole grains


  • Vegetables: Carrots, onions, broccoli, spinach, kale, garlic, etc.
  • Fruits: Apples, bananas, oranges, grapes, etc.
  • Berries: Strawberries, blueberries, etc.
  • Frozen veggies: Choose mixes with healthy vegetables.
  • Grains: Whole-grain bread, whole-grain pasta, etc.
  • Legumes: Lentils, beans, etc.
  • Nuts: Almonds, walnuts, cashews, etc.
  • Seeds: Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc.
  • Condiments: Sea salt, cinnamon, etc.
  • Fish: Salmon, sardines, mackerel, trout.
  • Shrimp
  • sweet potatoes.
  • Cheese.
  • Greek yogurt.
  • Chicken.
  • omega-3 enriched eggs.
  • Olives.
  • Extra virgin olive oil.



Environmental Science Book Author Vaclav Smil.

Manufacturing is crucial to innovation. Innovation is making products more energy efficient.

He uses Insulation in walls to save energy. He says Honda civics are energy efficient. Eat less meat and waste less food.

3 people can eat 1 chicken breast.


He says better education, trade policy, economic policy. Bill Gates read a lot of his books.

He just writes for everyone’s wellbeing and sharing new solutions to current issues. Bigger cars are taking up unnecessary space and producing more chemicals

in the air going into our lungs causing health problems. Cell phones are not recycled-adding to the harmful waste in third world countries and Asian, European countries and America.

The issue is the quality as a whole- a car that can last for 35 years. We need to find a way to save the use of paper, so there are more forests all over the world.


A carbon footprint is the total emissions caused by an individual, organization, or product, expressed as carbon dioxide equivalent.

Carbon dioxide is colorless, odorless by burning organic compounds. It is indoors and less ventilation. It can cause headaches, restlessness, drowsiness.

Fresh air will give you better sleep. Replace air filters. Having plants will help you have fresh air indoors.



Less meat- reduce carbon footprint by 73%



Animal fuel

Plant fuel



Fuel from animal manure and plant waste

Tyson foods- make renewable diesel fuel out of animal fat


U.S. energy consumption:


(Renewable Energy)




Biomass waste





Nuclear Power 8%




Natural Gas



Energy sources are in two groups:

·         Renewable (an energy source that can be replenished)

·         Nonrenewable (an energy source that cannot be replenished)


Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Monthly Energy Review


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