Dr. Burrito!

Every week, Truthout posts a short video for middle school aged kids – and everyone else – about climate change and its effects. “The Green Ninja,” a character created by a climate scientist and his team, provides an entertaining and educational way to help children grasp the intricacies of climate change and learn what they can personally do to become involved in fighting it. See additional details about the series, or head straight to this week’s episode and meet “Dr. Burrito, Ph.D.” (Pretty hungry doctor!), who examines a beef and a veggie burrito to determine if there is any difference between them.

What are the main differences between the ingredients of the two burritos? The burritos may appear to be very similar, but the ingredients they contain make a huge difference. We learn that foods have different energy efficiencies; some foods, including those derived from animals, tend to require more energy to be produced and processed.