Care About Your Carbon Food Print? Engineer Your Own Orange

Sep 24, 2010
Megan Bedard is a sucker for sustainable agriculture and a good farmers market, she likes writing about food almost as much as eating it.
Love these but live far from them? No worries; make them! (Photo: maesejose/Creative Commons)

Plenty of recipes call for oranges. There's orange marmalade, orange chicken, orange sorbet...

But what if you haven't got oranges handy? Or you're too environmentally devoted to buy oranges from the supermarket when you know they were shipped more than 1,000 miles from Florida?

Well then, you need a recipe to make the oranges yourself.

That's where Carbonfoodprint comes in.

The site, launched September 22, taps into the properties of various fruits and vegetables and describes how to recreate the tastes you love from the produce you have available.

It works like this: plants share certain properties. Items that seem dissimilar—a juniper berry and an orange, for example—have common components that make them taste and smell the way they do. Figure out the elements of a fruit, as Carbonfoodprint did, and you can make the flavor yourself with other fruits in season in your areas.

It sounds crazy—time consuming, too—but it's a brilliant loophole for the carbon footprint-minded who still crave far-flung fruits, and a tasty feather in their locavore caps.

Check out Carbonfoodprint here.

Photo: maesejose/Creative Commons via flickr

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