3 Climate Friendly Food Tips

On my monthly visit to the local health food store I picked up the latest issue of Delicious Living and found an article on Take a Bite out of Global Warming by Anna Lappe. She makes a few convincing reasons why buying and supporting organic farms can make a huge difference in the fight against global warming. “The current food system, from seed to plate to landfill, is responsible for as much as one-third of the world’s human-made greenhouse-gas emissions. Livestock production alone, including factory farming and pasture-grazing animals, accounts for nearly one-fifth of all greenhouse-gas emissions — that’s more than transportation. Organic farms emit less than half the carbon dioxide of conventional farms and use up to one-third less fossil-fuel energy, in part because they’re not dependent on petroleum-based pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. In fact, long-term studies at the Rodale Institute indicate that if we transitioned just 10,000 medium-size farms to organic production, it would be the carbon-saving equivalent of taking one million cars off the road. Remember that the next time you’re waffling over whether to spend that extra dollar on organic apples.”

3 Climate Friendly Food Tips

1. Eat Real Food – Choose energy efficient items: fresh, whole foods with minimal or no packaging.

2. Enjoy Meatless Meals – Cut back on meat. Go meatless at least once a week. And, if you choose to eat meat and dairy, go for organic options from small-scale family farms.

3. Live La Vida Local – Minimize your footprint by buying from locally stocked supermarkets and farmers markets. Become a member of a community-supported agriculture program, csacenter.org, or by visiting a U-pick farm, localharvest.org.

3 thoughts on “3 Climate Friendly Food Tips”

  1. “Live la vida local” – what a great phrase!

    It’s so important that we all become more conscious consumers and I think many people are just beginning to realize that we are living in a global economy and are daily choices affect others in ways we can’t even imagine.

    Your second tip – eating meatless meals – is something that I never even thought could help the environment until I started working for the Meatless Monday campaign. We’re actually a public health campaign that advocates reducing your meat consumption because going meatless one day a week cuts your saturated fat intake by 15% – enough to reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke!

    If you’re interested in learning more about the effects of meat consumption on the environment be sure to read the UN’s report: Livestocks Long Shadow – the link can be found on our website along with an article we wrote about this issue: http://www.meatlessmonday.com/dyk_environment .

  2. Great post! With all these food ideas..where do I get the ingredients? Eating local as much as possible is a challenge. This is why I intern with the Eat Well Guide. We’ve teamed up with Consumers Union (publisher of Consumer Reports) to issue the Local, Organic Thanksgiving Challenge this year. Will you join us? And share a recipe? Read more on the Green Fork http://www.blog.eatwellguide.org/2008/11/take-the-local-organic-thanksgiving-challenge

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