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Calculating Your Food-O-Meter

Lesson Description:
The amount of food imported to the United States has been rising since 1970. In this lesson, students learn about the impact of food-related emissions by challenging themselves to calculate a nutritious meal with the least amount of “food miles.”
Lesson Type:
  • Other

Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction
  • Other

Time Needed:
2 to 3 50-minute class periods
Standards Addressed:
Specific objectives:
  • Develop an understanding of the environmental impact of travel.
  • Apply basic math and problem solving strategies.
  • Examine management techniques for fossil fuels usage.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of maps and their uses.

Materials Needed:
  • “Where Does Your Food Come From” worksheet provided below
  • “Calculating Your Foodometer” worksheet provided below
  • “Food Mile Challenge” worksheet provided below
  • pencils with erasers
  • glass jar and 1500 beans
  • ¼ measuring cup
  • access to computers (optional)
  • map(s) of the United States

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