Food: How I cycled 4700 miles eating food from the Earth

Food (2 of 12)

4,700 miles of riding over 104 days eating food from the earth (plus a whole bunch from the dumpster).

The goal: To cross the USA by bicycle while keeping my carbon footprint from food consumption to an extreme minimum.

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The Great Earth Revival

We live in an interesting time, an exciting time. We live in an era where we just may witness the survival or the extinction of the human race. We are destroying the natural world much faster than it can heal itself. We are aware of our destruction, but most humans are just too lazy to do what needs to be done. Most of us are too lazy to think past our own little lives. Billions of humans deny or completely avoid the fact that they are destroying the environment. Maybe that’s a way of self protection, a way to feel okay about their lives. Maybe it’s feeling helpless and hopeless, like their actions don’t count.

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Rob Greenfield Water

Water: How I Cycled 4700 Miles Using Only 160 Gallons

I crossed the United States by bicycle using only 160 gallons of water and almost every last drop came from natural sources or water that was going to waste. That is less than 2 gallons per day. Actually, that is an understatement. 3,000 miles would have gotten me across the country, but I rode 4,700 miles on 160 gallons of water. I crossed the United States without turning on a faucet on the grid, without taking a shower, without washing my clothes in a washing machine, without using a toilet, and without washing my hands in a sink. I practiced water conservation to the extreme for the first 4,100 miles until I arrived in NYC and at that point, since I had officially crossed the country, I lightened up a bit, but just a little bit (as in I started to use the occasional toilet and a turned on a few faucets).

Here’s the story of my water usage.

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UpCycle

Ponder this for a moment….Day 84

Ponder this for a moment….

Ever eaten a little bag of chips or drank a bottle of soda? If so how long did it take you to eat it?

I’d finish one off in about five minutes. Five enjoyable minutes that is. But besides that what did I really get out of it? There really isn’t much nutrition in either of them. They are both really expensive on a per weight basis. They are very processed. I amsatisfied for a bit but nothing comes long term from this transaction with food compared to eating something healthy that gives my body vital nutrients and creates good energy for me to use.

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A Different Perspective: Day 83

07/11 (Day 83)

As I stood outside in the dark peeing on a bush I tried to remember what happened today but I just couldn’t. It took me a lot of pondering to remember if I went outside much or if I went anywhere at all. I couldn’t remember if yesterday was today or where I woke up this morning. I slowly pieced it together and realized I didn’t leave the house for more than a few minutes at a time. When I woke up I turned on the computer while still on the couch and the morning continued in that fashion. I spent nearly the entire day writing, emailing, and facebooking. I did go outside to pee on the same bush a half dozen times and each time I stretched out my body a bit. I also walked a few blocks to fill up my water jugs at the leaky fire hydrant. I was plenty hydrated but I didn’t eat much at all leaving myself somewhat delirious. I wouldn’t call it a lazy day because of the amount I accomplished and the fact that I barely took a second to be unproductive. It’s a very different kind of productivity from the last 82 days though. Many times I intended to put my computer away but each time I found myself still on it hours later.

Here are some insights into my mind on Day 83 of living a minimal impact lifestyle…

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Barefoot for Sustainability

Barefootin’ 4 Sustainability

I’m cycling barefoot on my bamboo bike from Denver to Kansas City.

Why?

To raise some dolla dolla bills ya’ll. For sustainability that is! Let’s join together to create a healthier happier planet! I am raising money for 1% for the Planet grass-root organizations that will truly make the world a better place with your mo

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Multitasking and Sustainability Tips: Day 22

05/11 (Day 22)

The fight for a healthier planet stepped up a notch today! I picked up a headset with a microphone in Salt Lake City and have turned my bamboo bike into a mobile office of doing good. I strive to make it the most productive office on pedal powered wheels in the USA from now until I reach the 1% for the Planet headquarters in Vermont on August 1st. I can now talk with sustainable non-profits and business, brainstorm with peers, inspire friends and family, and make arrangements for gatherings and parties along the route as I pedal. Also I’ve loaded up my iPhone with sustainability podcasts to increase my knowledge during my “down time.” I of course will be sharing this knowledge with anyone wanting to learn how to live a more earth friendly lifestyle.

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