Video/Microlecture: The Way We Eat

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A video microlecture by Raghu Murtugudde, University of Maryland, titled ‘Plant Rich Diet’. This video lecture is part of a video series titled ‘Climate Solutions: Drawdown, Designing Solution, Avoiding Disaster, Green Economy, Adaptation’ available at the Murtugudde Climate Academy channel on YouTube. This video lecture, which discusses climate solutions from the drawdown of the food sector. It discusses the amount of reduction of CO2 for a plant based diet (66 gigatons). The video discusses the CO2 emissions from Agriculture, Forestry and Landuse including livestock and manure, agricultural soils, rice cultivation, crop burning, and deforestation, among others. It also discusses the emissions of staple crops, legumes, nuts and seeds, fruits and vegetables and animal products. It further lists the global CO2 eq emissions of cattle, pigs, buffaloes, chicken among others.  

Students will learn about the contribution of  agriculture and livestock to the global carbon emissions. They will also learn about the reduction of CO2 with a plant based diet.   

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:  

  1. Discuss climate change and the role of food choices.
  2. What is the carbon footprint of a meat based diet? A plant based diet?

About the Tool 

Tool NamePlant Rich Diet
DisciplineEnvironmental Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineClimate Change Overview, Agriculture, Food System, Meat Based Diet, Plant Based Diet 
Climate Topic Climate and Agriculture, Climate Change and Food Security
Type of tool Video/Microlecture (14 min 53 secs)
Grade LevelHigh School, Undergraduate
Developed byRaghu Murtugudde
Hosted atYouTube
Computer SkillsBasic