Eat Low Carbon

About This Site was created by Bon Appétit Management Company, a food service pioneer operating hundreds of cafés all over America for corporations, universities, and specialty venues. Bon Appétit is known for tackling pressing social issues such as local food, animal welfare, antibiotics in animal agriculture, farmworker rights, and more. Bon Appétit worked with the nonprofit environmental group Ecotrust to compile and conduct peer-reviewed Life Cycle Assessments from which the information on this site is drawn. Researchers use LCA to calculate the environmental impact of a product’s entire life cycle: for food items, that includes the inputs, such as fertilizer, that went into growing it, and the energy that went into transporting, processing and cooking it.

In 2007, Bon Appétit launched its Low Carbon Diet, a comprehensive, ongoing program to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions and to educate its guests on making climate-friendlier food choices. This website is a result of that work.

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