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October 7 - October 28, 2020
Mukunth Natarajan's avatar

Mukunth Natarajan

WSP SECC

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 110 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    0.8
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    2.0
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    3.0
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    2.0
    organic meals
    consumed
  • up to
    2.0
    whole food meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1.8
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    42
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    1.0
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    180
    minutes
    spent learning

Mukunth's Actions

Food

Buy From a Farmers Market

Do at Home

I will purchase produce and meat from a local farmers market or food co-op.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Whole Foods Diet

Do at Home

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) each day free of processed foods.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Food

Smart Seafood Choices

Do at Home

I will visit seafoodwatch.org or download the app and commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Food

Weekly Meal Planning

Do at Home

I will reduce food waste and save money by prepping for 2 meal(s) each day, only buying the ingredients I need.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Food

Try a New Way to Prep

Do at Home

I will try a new method of food preparation, such as canning, pickling, or baking bread.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

Do at Home

I will watch 1 documentary(ies) about food sovereignty: the right of local peoples to control their own food systems including markets, ecological resources, food cultures and production methods.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

Do at Home

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients each day.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Food

Reduce Animal Products

Do at Home

I will enjoy 2 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

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  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our planet and other people?

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    Mukunth Natarajan 10/18/2020 10:48 AM
    Culturally I was used to meat only once a week and once i moved to a country in the developed world my meat consumption increased to daily. Now I am circling back to eating meat once or twice a week. I primarily thing in richer countries meat is so cheap. In other regions vegetables have been the cheaper option. But this paradigm is slowly shifting as industrialized agriculture becomes more prevalent. This is where the recognizing the true cost of food would be useful.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Weekly Meal Planning
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four in the US spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Does this surprise you? Where would you rather use this money?

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    Mukunth Natarajan 10/18/2020 10:46 AM
    There are two forms of food wasted - food waste from the plate, food waste from cooking. The food waste from cooking can be reduced but not eliminated, but food waste from the plate can be eliminated through conscious food consumption. This amount is not surprising, I thought it would be higher. I would rather use this money to pay extra for high quality food.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Whole Foods Diet
    Michael Pollan states that “it is better to pay the grocer (our edit: or the farmer!) than the doctor.” What are your thoughts on this assertion?

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    Mukunth Natarajan 10/18/2020 10:43 AM
    Food is medicine is a concept that has been culturally engrained. So I would rather pay a farmer for good quality, healthy, and safe food.