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Girl Scout Troop 1115 learns impact of foodprints

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HOLDEN — A “Foodprint” is the greenhouse gas emissions produced by growing, rearing, farming, processing, transporting, storing, cooking, and disposing of the food you eat. Your “foodprint” is the result of everything it takes to get your food from the farm to your plate. The smaller your “foodprint” is, the less of an impact your eating has on animals, public health, food workers, farmers, local economies, and the environment. Shopping at farmer’s markets, shopping locally, and reviewing the origin country of your food, as well as growing your own food can help build a more healthy and sustainable future for food. 

Girl Scout Senior Troop 1115 earned their Harvest Award from their “Sow What? Journey” by learning more about their food network and the “foodprint” of their favorite ice cream shop, Chunky Butters in downtown Holden. After trying many of the flavors and speaking with ice cream shop owners Luke and Shirley, they decided to ask them several questions about how his ice cream, popcorn, and waffle cones are sourced. 

Chunky Butters maintains a local foodprint by sourcing nearby vendors. Even through COVID and downtown road restructuring, Chunky Butters survived in large by using local products versus large food service delivery products. Girl Scout Troop 1115 considers them “one of the biggest secrets in this small town” and look forward to great things to come for their favorite ice cream shop.

Chunky Butters is available for rent for small gatherings. The ice cream shop has an old-fashioned feel with a nostalgic penny candy counter. 

Girl Scout Troop 1115 is Samantha Souza, 16, Val Justice, 16 and Maggie Todaro, 15, and Troop Leaders Sandi Souza and Alicia Todaro. They have been in Girl Scouts in Holden for 10 years. 

To learn more about your “foodprint,” visit www.foodprint.org.

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