How to Reduce your Footprint Caused by Food

The production, transport, and disposal of the foods we eat play a big part in our carbon footprint.  Here are some ways to lower yours:
  • When buying fruits and vegetables try to buy local and in-season produce. This lowers the amount of travel the produce has to do before getting to you. Farmers markets and community gardens are good places to get fresh produce.
  • Whole foods give off less emissions than processed foods so buy fresh instead of processed.
  • Cut down on your meat intake. Meat, especially beef,  produce the most carbon emissions because of the land, food, and water needed to maintain them. Vegan and vegetarian diets give off the smallest amount of carbon. If you can't live without eating meat try eating poultry, seafood, or pork more often than you would eat beef.
  • The trash you throw away effects your carbon footprint too so when you can, compost your foods instead of throwing them in the regular trash. Also, do not throw leftovers away, save them for another meal by freezing them or keeping in the fridge for later in the week. Only throw away foods if they have gone bad.    
  • When storing food use reusable containers, beeswax film instead of plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and reusable silicone bags instead of plastic sandwich and storage bags.
  • Make sure to recycle any groceries or plastic film bags from produce, groceries, or any other shopping.  You can also use reusable bags for your groceries and produce instead of plastic bags.
A group of fresh fruits and vegetable