C’mon, let’s face it: in many ways, this time of year really boils down to the food. There’s a lot of it going around. Which, in turn, makes being conscientious of what you buy and eat even more important. ARE YOU AN ECO-FRIENDLY EATER?! There are ways to discover this scathing truth about yourself . . . fun ways. Planet Green has come up with several quick, insightful quizzes that give a few general pointers on how to keep our consumption of food earth-friendly in the industrial gauntlet of our modern world. I say throw down that gauntlet, in your kitchen.

Try “What’s the Footprint of Your Food?” Some of the numbers associated with the destructive qualities of food production are simply embarrassing.  Without wanting to spoil the answers (kind of), I’ll say that it requires far more water to manufacture bottled water than the amount that actually ends up in the bottle, and the mass-amount of carbon emissions saved by switching to a vegetarian or vegan diet is heavier than I’ll ever hope to bench-press with free weights, this year.

One of the quizzes, which title happens to be the same as the all-caps exclamation above (Are you an Eco-Friendly Eater?) shines some light on even the most basic, every-day aspects of our dining habits.  Do you know which season is most eco-friendly to eat apples?  Or if hand-washing dishes saves more water than a dishwasher? Or how about defining the “100-mile” diet? You’re wrong if you think it involves power-walking for two straight days while chain-drinking packet-shakes.  Or are you?

On top of these two we featured, there are a whole set of Eco-friendly quizzes from food to weddings to fashion to test your knowledge! The most interesting aspect of these Planet Green teasers is that each question and quiz provides informative explanations on the issues and is surrounded by links to other interesting resources on the interwebs for more in-depth research.  I say do that research, and in feeding yourselves and loved ones over the holidays, help try to give the earth a little more good news before 2010.  There are only two years left, after all…

-Jeremy Pearson