Having eco-friendly foods doesn’t mean you need to make a huge change in your diet. One option is eating foods that are locally sourced. Eating all locally grown foods for one year could save the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) equivalent of driving 1,000 miles (Center for Sustainable Systems, University of Michigan. 2017. “Carbon Footprint Factsheet.” Pub. No. CSS09-05.) Some foods have a high carbon footprint because the transportation method used to get them on the shelf emits hundreds of pounds of carbon dioxide. Whenever possible, opt for locally grown foods!
If you want to go all the way, changing your diet has great benefits for your health and the environment. Eating a vegetarian meal one day a week could save the equivalent of driving 1,160 miles (Carbon Footprint Factsheet.)
Good habits are hard to form, but easy to live with; and we’re all about forming healthy, eco-friendly habits that benefit you. Challenge yourself to eating a vegetarian meal once a week for 42 days. Lentils, beans, and other Before long, you’ll form a habit that will serve you continunously!
Changing your eating habits is actually the most effective way of reducing your carbon emissions, “Though transportation, housing, and food (in that order) are the largest contributors to the carbon footprint (CF) of the typical U.S. household, dietary changes are among the most economically effective abatement options” (Jones and Kammen 2011) . So if you’re thinking of buying an electric car or solar panels, changing your diet MIGHT give you more bang for your buck in helping the environment!.
Locally Sources Food!
No one really stops to think of the carbon footprint their bagel generated from it’s trip to the coffee shop’s counter. If you did, my hat goes off to you. The rest of us eat our bagel and move on to the next thing in our busy morning. The fact is, although a multigrain bagel is a better option for our health, the way it was transported to our corner bakery store is taxing to our environment. How can we find the balance between our health and the health of our planet?Luckily, the question has been partly answered, and it’s called the Locavore Movement. The movement was started by three women in San Francisco who wanted to challenge their community to eat locally sourced meals for one month. The movement quickly spread with hundreds joining in.Changing where you buy your food to reduce carbon emissions has plenty of benefits. The food is likely to be organic, so you won’t have to worry about GMOs or pesticides in your food. Buying locally every couple of weeks, or every month, will also make you a regular at your farmer’s market which can lead to sense of connection with your community.
According to a 2014 EPA study, America throws away more than 38 million tons of food every year..