How Food Consumption Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

With the devastating situation of climate change, it is unlikely that an individual can have such a direct effect on trying to make drastic changes but that being said it should not stop a person from trying. You will be pleased to know that there actually a number of ways and individual can make changes so as to help with Reducing Carbon Footprint and have the peace of mind that they have some control over the situation. You may actually be surprised as to how some simple changes to everyday life can make an impact in your individual carbon footprint.

Something that we do every day that is vital for our existence is consuming food. Would you ever have thought that the way we buy, consume and waste food all contribute to our carbon footprint and just by being more aware of how we do things can reduce that carbon footprint. Grains, fruits and vegetables are the food groups with the lowest carbon footprint. While meat, has the largest carbon footprint, accounting for nearly 50 percent of all greenhouse gases from food consumption. Beef, in particular, has one of the largest carbon footprints of all meat, while poultry is among the lowest. Next to meat, dairy products have the second-largest carbon footprint among the food groups, followed by seafood and eggs.  So, what can you do to help reduce your carbon footprint through food consumption?

 One way you can reduce your carbon footprint is to try and cut back on your meat consumption. If possible, having a vegetarian diet would be more beneficial and would have the most impact to reducing your carbon footprint. Sometimes having a complete vegetarian diet is not possible so there is a way that having one to two vegetarian meals a week would also help. If you do want to eat meat then choosing poultry over beef or pork would be a good choice as they produce fewer greenhouse gasses. A second way that you can help to reduce your carbon footprint and by buying your produce locally. This is because most of the CO2 emissions comes from food production rather than food transport, it may seem that buying local food doesn’t have a significant impact. However, if you consumed only food that’s locally grown for an entire year, the impact would be quite substantial. If you would like to make an even bigger impact then choosing to buy and consume food that is grown organically will do this. Organic foods typically require 30 to 50 percent less energy to produce. Another way that you can help to reduce your carbon footprint is to grow your own food. Growing your own food may not provide enough food for your family but you can be sure that it will contribute towards reducing your carbon footprint. The buying and consumption of food is only one simple every day way that you can help reduce your carbon footprint, it seems a very easy way to start.