Change your Diet
Go on a low carbon diet. By adjusting your daily food choices for ones that have lower carbon emissions, you can save thousands of pounds off of your carbon footprint.
- By eating a less than average amount of meat a week, you can save 3,500 lbs of greenhouse gas emissions a year.
By eliminating meat altogether and instead eating more fruit, vegetables, and grains, you can save 7,000 lbs of emissions a year.
Lower carbon diets are typically better for you as well. Reducing meat and dairy consumption and increasing consumption of vegetables and less processed foods is not only good for the planet, it's good for you!
(Carbon footprints can vary dramatically between similar products based on cropping systems, processing and other supply chain processes, the distance and mode of transport to market, and emissions associated with the sale of products.)
Currently, there is not conclusive scientific evidence that organic food, in general, has lower greenhouse gas emissions than conventional products. However, there are a lot of environmental reasons to buy organic food including reducing chemical toxins in the environment and encouraging sustainable farming practices, which frequently accompany organic farming.
- Purchasing half of your dairy products from organic farms can reduce your carbon footprint by 150 lbs. If you purchase all of your dairy products from organic farms will reduce it by 530 lbs a year.
- Purchasing all of your meat and dairy from organic sources can reduce your carbon footprint by 750 lbs a year.
Do it Yourself
Food grown in your own backyard or from a small farm in your community may have very low emissions compared to typical farm products, especially if you or your local grower commit to using minimal "inputs," such as fertilizer and pesticides, even if they are technically organic.
- California Certified Farmers’ Markets
- Sustainable Seafood Selector by Environmental Defense Fund
- Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch
- Tips for Growing your Own Vegetables from the U.S. Center for Disease Control
Get your friends and families to reduce their carbon emissions!
- Share these tips with your family and friends to foster a better planet for our children.
- Contact your local policymakers to let them know that action must be taken now to address climate change.