Producing the food we currently eat emits 26% of our country's greenhouse gasses and our reliance on excess packaging adds a whole other level of pollutants to our air, land and water.
OUR WORLD IN DATA, November 06, 2019 by Hannah Ritchie
Changing what we eat and how we buy it are necessary shifts we all need to make to slow global warming.
Eat more plants and less meat.
It’s estimated that nearly 60% of the carbon footprint of the average American household diet comes from animal products. Land degradation, deforestation and the destruction of native wildlife are all growing impacts of meat production. https://www.takeextinctionoffyourplate.com/index.html
Increase your intake of local foods.
Buying just $5 of local food a week can build and support our local food production (farmers) while increasing the nutrition and taste of our food and seriously reducing the greenhouse gas producing miles necessary to move food from farm to table. This will become even more important as climate change disrupts our current food systems through increased flooding, drought and storms in other areas. https://www.localfoodalliance.org
Buy organic whenever possible.
Besides organic food being better for you and the farmworkers who grow it, the agricultural chemicals in conventional farming kill the vital micro-organisms in our soil and therefor reduce its maximum capacity for carbon sequestration. https://www.thebalancesmb.com/environmental-benefits-of-organic-farming-2538317
Compost your food, garden and lawn waste.
Rather than lose the remaining nutrients and organic matter of your food and garden waste, feed it back into your soil and return those necessary elements for the healthy soil your plants need. https://northamericanfarmer.com/gardening/backyard-composting/
Search for options with less packaging.
Buy items with the fewest layers of packaging (preferably none) and always the least amount of plastic. Buying bulk foods such as the vegetables and fruit that are not pre-packaged in plastic or the grains, nuts and cereals at Bellevue’s Market bulk bins. You are able to buy exactly how much of the product you need and can use your own reusable containers to carry the bulk foods home.