Mark Easter

MARK EASTER is an ecologist at Colorado State University, working since 1999 in a research group that studies the carbon footprint of food. He is currently writing a popular science book on the carbon footprint of food, provisionally titled The Blue Plate: A Food Lover’s Guide to Climate Change. The book chronicles how growing, processing, shipping, and cooking food, and dealing with the leftovers leads to a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, and how innovative farmers, ranchers, chefs, and garbage collectors are transforming the food system onto a sustainable path that reduces and reverses carbon emissions. Besides his scientific work, Easter co-founded the organization Save The Poudre to help protect the Cache la Poudre river from water development and restore the river to a healthy state.