What you eat has a climate impact!
When planning meals, shopping or ordering in a restaurant, consider:
- How low on the food chain is this?
- How much energy goes in to producing it?
- Is it grown organically?
- How far did it travel to get to the store/table?
What can you do
1. Eat meat-free meals
Try to eat at least one meat-free meal per day.
If you’re already doing that, gradually increase the number.
Do some research and find yummy recipes before you go shopping.
Choose veggie restaurants and meatless menu alternatives.
Check out vegetarian websites.
2. Buy organic and local whenever possible
Vote with your fork.
Organic food is better for the climate. It’s grown without genetically modified organisms. Organic meat, poultry, eggs and dairy come from animals that aren’t fed antibiotics or growth hormones. And because they’re grown in healthy soils, organic foods are typically more nutritious, containing more vitamins and minerals. Organic farms promote genetic biodiversity, create less water pollution and soil damage, and result in fewer poisonings of farm workers, and less harm to wildlife.
Tell the produce manager at your grocery store what you want and why.
3. Don’t waste food
Close to half of all food produced worldwide is wasted after production, discarded in processing, transport, supermarkets and kitchens. When people throw food out, all the resources to grow, ship, package and produce it are wasted, too, including massive amounts of water. Find out how you can help end food waste.
4. Grow your own
Growing fruit, vegetables and herbs at home makes their trip to your table shorter. You can also grow your food without chemicals. Turn your yard or even the smallest of spaces such as a balcony or patio space into a food garden!
Source: David Suzuki