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A Sustainable Diet for a Sustainable Life: An Indian city, Ajmer as a Case Study

Author Affiliations

  • 1Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board, Kishangarh, Ajmer, Rajasthan, INDIA
  • 2 Department of Environmental Science, M.D.S. University, Ajmer, Rajasthan, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 3, Issue (2), Pages 99-102, February,22 (2014)

Abstract

An integral part of sustainable development is to reduce the throughput of natural resources in relation to human demands and services. Ecological footprint relates various throughputs of resources to the respective fertile areas required which offer a chance of auditing sustainable development. Ecological footprint is a measure of the mark that is left behind upon the natural environment. The footprint is expressed in terms of the land area that is required to feed, provide resources, produce energy, assimilate waste, and to re-absorb its CO2 generated from combustion of fossil fuels. Food which we eat and how it is produced and manufactured has a significant impact on the environment and ecological footprint. This study employed the compound methodology to estimate the food carbon footprint of Ajmer city. The results have been calculated for different food and land categories, which are summed up to a total food footprint of Ajmer city which equals to 0.05729785ha/capita. The conclusion drawn from the study reveals thatby making simple choices about the foods we eat, we can contribute to reducing our Ecological Footprint.

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