- Eat less meat, poultry and dairy products and, if you do eat meat, poultry and dairy products, try to find grass-fed or pasture-raised sources. According to an article in the New York Times, “Worldwide, livestock accounts for between 14.5 percent and 18 percent of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions.” (Source: www.nytimes.com/2018/01/25/climate/cows-global-warming.html). Eating a plant-rich diet can have a significant impact on reducing global carbon and methane emissions.
- Eat grains other than rice. According to research done by Project Drawdown, a coalition of scientists and researchers dedicated to identifying, measure and model different solutions to climate change, current methods of rice cultivation are responsible for roughly 10% of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, and 9%-19% of global methane emissions (Source: Drawdown: the Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, edited by Paul Hawken). Switching to grains such as barley, farro or quinoa can start to reduce the effects of rice production.
- Shop local. Buying food locally and in season minimizes the carbon emissions that occur when food is transported across the globe. It also helps support small farms and farmers.
- Compost your food waste. Composting nourishes the soil and a well-nourished soil helps sequester carbon. Or, better yet, minimize as much food waste as possible. According to Project Drawdown, “The food we waste contributes 4.4 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent into the atmosphere each year…”
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Articles of Interest:
- How can we expect children to be productive in school if we are not feeding them healthy foods? Food is as critical to a child’s brain as it is to his or her body. READ WHY HERE
- It’s a sad state of affairs when the government values money more than children’s health. READ ARTICLES HERE and HERE
- A very interesting article on the link between the rise of obesity and the farm bill (which still hasn’t passed). READ ARTICLE
- As Michael Pollan said, “Don’t eat anything with more than five ingredients, or ingredients you can’t pronounce.” READ ARTICLE