Last year, in an article about eating a more sustainable diet, Roni Neff at Johns Hopkins, states we can each make a difference by:
1. Eat less meat and dairy, especially lamb and beef. Why? Livestock are the biggest producers of greenhouse gasses in our food supply. If an American family of 4 ate no meat or cheese for one day a week, it would be like not driving a car for 5 weeks.
2. Reduce food waste. 40% of what farmers grow is thrown away. Food waste in landfills produces methane, which is 21 times more powerful than CO2 in trapping heat in the atmosphere.
3. Reduce food-related energy use. How? Eating foods which are grown closer to where you live. Transportation uses energy. Eating foods which are less processed. Processing uses energy. Use Energy Star appliances in your (and in your parents’) homes.
4. Help to build a more sustainable food systems. How? Learn about your farmer’s markets. Practice eating more climate-friendly meals with your friends and families. Commit to eating less processed foods, meat and dairy. Take some cooking lessons, and observe friends and family members while they are preparing meals you love to eat.