How To Reduce Through Your Diet
1. Eat low on the food chain. On average, it takes
nearly 10 times as much fossil fuel to produce animal protein
(including commercially caught or farmed fish) compared to plant
protein, like beans and grains. According to a 2006 University of
Chicago study, a vegan diet contributes 1.5 fewer tons of CO2 or CO2
equivalents to the atmosphere each year than the average North
2. Buy local produce when you go to the grocery store rather than
items trucked in from far away, and bring it home in reusable bags.
There can be exceptions, as when imported food has been produced
more sustainable than local and shipped (energy efficient) rather
than flown (very energy inefficient).
3. Buy sustainable or organically produced food. Conventional
farming uses massive quantities of petrochemicals in the manufacture
of artificial pesticides and fertilizers and to run farm machinery.
Organic and other traditional or natural farmers use minimal fossil
fuel inputs. Some even use draught animals instead of internal
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