Eating Green

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The food on supermarket shelves requires lots of energy to produce. Most of this energy comes from burning fossil fuels such as oil and coal. Unfortunately, supplies of these fuels will eventually run out. Using them the way we do today, moreover, pollutes the air. One important way that people can preserve these resources and reduce pollution is by eating green. This means buying foods that were produced and shipped in ways that use the least amount of fossil fuels. Buying fruits and vegetables at farmers ...

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Overview

The food on supermarket shelves requires lots of energy to produce. Most of this energy comes from burning fossil fuels such as oil and coal. Unfortunately, supplies of these fuels will eventually run out. Using them the way we do today, moreover, pollutes the air. One important way that people can preserve these resources and reduce pollution is by eating green. This means buying foods that were produced and shipped in ways that use the least amount of fossil fuels. Buying fruits and vegetables at farmers markets is a good start to eating green. Look inside to discover other steps people are taking to "eat green" as a way of conserving Earth's resources and helping protect the planet.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
A colorful array of fresh veggies meets the eye when one looks at the cover of this book. The appealing picture works well to pull the reader in where he or she can learn how eating green helps the environment. An introductory spread explains that many of the fuels used to produce food are not sustainable, and the second spread tells how "Eating Green" saves energy and does not pollute the environment. Concise sentences, bright photos, and fact bars add to each spread, and the text is set at a grade three reading level. The format allows readers to read the whole book at one time or to glean information from specific spreads. Interesting facts include information such as that 90 percent of fresh veggies eaten in the United States come from California and that it takes 16 pounds of grain to produce one pound of hamburger. Seven end pages about different topics fall under the "Just the Facts" heading and include ideas on growing a vegetable garden, composting, and fair trade. A 23-word glossary, an index, other book titles, and information about the author round out the book. This book and others in the series will add to the science and social studies curriculum in elementary and middle school classrooms. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7–Students and teachers will appreciate these books’ straightforward format. Each title outlines how individuals can treat the environment better by changing their transportation habits, food consumption, and living and working conditions. Color photographs (most full page) and a few diagrams accompany the informative texts. Long “Just the Facts” sections highlight examples of how people are going green around the world. Useful glossaries and indexes are included. Overall, the series is user-friendly and covers topics that are not easily found elsewhere.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597169653
  • Publisher: Bearport Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Series: Going Green Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: NC950L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Energy for Food 4

Eating Green 6

A Long Journey 8

Local and Seasonal 10

Factory Foods 12

Buying Organic 14

How Much Meat? 16

Raising Better Animals 18

Grass-Fed and Green 20

Food for Thought 22

Just the Facts 24

How to Help 30

Learn More Online 30

Glossary 31

Index 32

Bibliography 32

Read More 32

About the Author 32

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