CSIRO aims to document the environmental impact of poor eating

CSIRO is conducting a study to determine the environmental impact of poor eating.

CSIRO aims to document the environmental impact of poor eating

As children we were told to eat our greens in order to stay healthy. But have you ever wondered how ‘green’ your eating habits really are?

CSIRO is certainly interested, and it is conducting the nation’s largest diet survey to see how our eating habits affect the environment.

The Healthy Diet Score is a survey that is open to all Australians. CSIRO will use the data collected to examine the role Australia’s food consumption contributes to our environmental footprint, as well as to rate the nutritional quality of the average Aussie diet.

The survey analyses diets based on variety of food, frequency of meals, consumption of essential food groups and other factors that may contribute to food-related emissions.

It goes without saying that healthy eating goes a long way to improving quality of life, but there are also environmental benefits of a healthy diet, which include minimising greenhouse gases and processed food packaging and reducing food transport emissions.

Over 70,000 people participated in last year’s survey, from which Australia received an overall diet quality rating of 61/100. The main reason behind our mediocre diet score was that, in comparison to Australian Dietary Guidelines, Aussies consume three times the recommended amount of junk food.

Junk food is one of the highest contributors to food-related greenhouse gas emissions and accounts for up to 27 per cent of the 14.5kg of diet-related greenhouse gas emissions annually produced by the average Aussie.

If you’d like to see how your eating habits measure up against the Australian Dietary Guidelines, why not take part in the Healthy Diet Score survey? We’d love it if you’d share your scores in the comments below.



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    19th May 2016
    How Green is your Polly ? :-)

    19th May 2016
    "minimising greenhouse gases"
    So we should minimise the production of trace gas, plant food CO2 so that plants are further starved, leading to less plant growth???


    18 million square kilometers more greenery due to “carbon pollution” that the Greens hate
    Obviously we need a $10 billion dollar program to stop this immediately!

    Humans are Greening planet Earth — ABC

    Extra CO2 drives world food production to record levels! http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/10/23/newsbytes-world-food-production-at-record-levels/

    BENEFIT of carbon “pollution”: $3.5TRILLION in Agricultural Productivity! http://www.drroyspencer.com/2013/10/the-social-benefit-of-carbon-3-5-trillion-in-agricultural-productivity/

    THE GREAT GLOBAL GREENING: Our new lush Earth THANK YOU CO2! http://ow.ly/H0AU7

    Welcome to the CO2 "disaster", 4BILLION tons more plants, more greenery http://joannenova.com.au/2015/04/welcome-to-the-co2-disaster-4-billion-tons-more-plants-more-greenery/#more-41794

    Warmist doomsters Will Run Out Of Scares Before We Run Out Of Food!
    Cereal Production at Historic High http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/179967/icode/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social+media&utm_campaign=FAOnews&utm_content=ac

    global warming HOAX!
    85800 air molecules,
    32 CO2 molecules from nature,
    1 CO2 molecule from man

    CSIRO: CO2 fertilisation boosts green foliage in arid regions for the past 30yrs http://www.csiro.au/Portals/Media/Deserts-greening-from-rising-CO2.aspx

    Don’t Ask Alarmist “Scientists” Why Trees Are Growing Much Faster http://tinyurl.com/bhjkh7w
    19th May 2016
    Mother Nature is a Fickle woman ! :-)
    19th May 2016
    There is a clear danger in untrained or partly trained persons being able to access some factoids or even part of the data.

    Gaia looking after things, making trees grow faster and things of similar ilk, is pleasant, but it will not be our problem when/if it doesn't pan out that way.

    Consider your grandchildren.

    Actually it is too late, the tipping point is about here now. Sorry!
    19th May 2016
    Be quiet Serf ! And keep sending Your yearly donation of One Billion Dollars to the UN Climate Control Centre !! :-)
    19th May 2016
    Sorry Janus, but Dr James Lovelock recanted and said that his "baby" the ( Gaia notion of the earth being some kind of sentient being ) was all fantasy some time ago. So to believe that CO 2 gases are upsetting Gaia reflects more wishful thinking than scientific fact if you continue to hold this belief.
    19th May 2016
    And the last thing I just read was that the Molten Iron in the Centre of the Earth is wriggling around and throwing Compasses Skewwhiff ? No wonder the Planes are going AWOL !:-?

    19th May 2016
    Perhaps a bit more attention should be paid to watching one's diet with a view to producing less CH4 for the environment. There is more than enough with some of the comments on this site.
    19th May 2016
    So I did the survey and scored fairly well.
    It seems that to score really well, you should live on birdfood and kangaroo and water, and have no shop to tempt you within 400km.

    I for one have determined that I wish to have a slightly shorter life, but one that I enjoy. I like food, but everything in moderation. Nothing worse than being a thin and healthy but completely burdensome and bored 100 year old. Or be really healthy from eating awful food, and get run over by a bus.
    19th May 2016
    My condolences to the Grieving Bus Driver in their hour of WTF was that I ran over ?? :-(
    19th May 2016
    I took the time to do the survey. My score was 75/100. The survey indicated my score would improve if I consumed more dairy, poly and mono oils and spreads and more milk/cheese, nut butters, seeds, pastes and avocado and red meat. Eat more Avocado(?) I eat two per week but found no reference to Avocado in the survey - could have missed it, I suppose, and although I don't eat nuts and seeds due to an hereditary complaint, I do eat ABC (Almonds/Brazils/Cashews) with no preservatives - as I blend the nuts myself. Although I was above the average scores I doubt I need to alter my habits. Some of the items I needed to increase I already eat and just ticking a box in some of the areas doesn't give you a choice of substitution.
    So, my score of 75/100 is satisfactory to me.
    The survey indicated I was above average with this score and named the categories and averages from the statistics the CSIRO has compiled thus far:

    Australia Wide Score - 59/100
    NSW Score - 60/100
    Women's Score - 60/100
    Aged Score - 63/100
    Retired Score - 62/100
    Silent Generation Score - 62/100.

    Thanks YLC this was quite interesting.
    19th May 2016
    Hey Mitzy,
    I think that's a great score! Well done!
    19th May 2016
    Well me 50 but I eat what I like when I like I do not have 3 meals a day, I do not need 3 meals a day.
    I have friends that have to have this at a certain time and that at another time and can not eat sugar -- can't eat prawns won't eat certain types of potatoes and it goes on and on and they can be complete PITA -- although very good people all in all.

    I like to eat what I like and I am not doing to bad at all for my age
    19th May 2016
    :-) :-) :-)
    19th May 2016
    68, and supposedly I should eat more dairy and meat! but I am trying to avoid these because of cholesterol and also ethical reasons. My family is vegan, and going along with this choice make life a whole lot easier.
    19th May 2016
    I eat very little meat because of the cruelty involved -- not that I ever was a big meat eater -- love my chippies and some chocolate and the odd ice cream-- in fact I get cravings and might go crazy on one thing for ages and I eat it then I go right off it -- so I listen to my body -- if it says ice cream -- then I eat it, if it says Vegs I eat and enjoy them
    19th May 2016
    I got the same advise being a vegan too, seems that they are just determined to keep us using animals for food when this is not 'green' at all.

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