The food we eat impacts the environment– from waste production to transportation, there are many steps between growing food and putting it on your table.
Here are some ways that you can eat more sustainably. Remember, every small change helps— you don’t have to follow all of these right away!
Reduce Your Meat Consumption
Cattle farms are one of the largest productions of carbon dioxide. They also require an enormous amount of land— think of all the crops these cows need to eat. A significant number of forests have been cut down to make space for these animal farms.
Even if you make a weekly vegetarian night (think “Meatless Mondays”) or cut out meat from one of your three meals, it will make a huge difference. When you do eat red meat, try to buy local, grass-fed, and organic beef. Cattle that eat grass instead of grains are not only healthier but also significantly better for the environment.
Eat Local-Grown Food
We are lucky to live in such a globalized society, where all fruits and veggies are available year-round thanks to imports from other countries. However, transportation, both by air and land, takes a considerable toll on the environment.
Try to buy your food from local farmers instead and eat more seasonally. They may not grow everything year-round, but the meat, fruits, and veggies you get will be of better quality and much fresher.