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L O C A L L Y

The world's food and agricultural systems produce more than a quarter of human-made greenhouse gas emissions.

Ways to reduce the emissions of what you eat:

Eat more plant-based foods

Eat meat from local, small-scale producers

Reduce food waste

R E S O U R C E S

much of the following was compiled by our friends at the Norwich Energy Committee

Advice and Recipes

Remember:  Grass-fed beef and conventional beef are NOT the same. Local producers Health Hero Farm wrote this paper explaining how pastured cattle sequester carbon and have other environmental benefits.

Overview and Background

  • A food calculator from the BBC to estimate your diet's carbon footprint.​

  • Ten facts about climate change and your food from the Food and Agriculture Organization.

  • Inside Climate News' summary of the environmental impacts of world food production.

  • Replacing conventional beef with chicken cuts your dietary carbon footprint in half, says the National Geographic.

  • The New York Times looks at the impact of people in the United States eating less meat.

  • A summary from TerraPass on food choices: local, organic, processed, vegetarian.

  • A four-minute video from Vox explains how beef emits more greenhouse gas than other foods.

Food Waste

  • A Q/A article on the environmental impact of food waste.

  • Listen to a VPR interview with UVM Professor Meredith Niles about food waste.

  • Learn the difference between “sell-by,” “use-by,” “best-by,” and expiration dates.

  • Get Smart: Take the Challenge: instructions and worksheets for households to collect and measure how much food they waste.

  • For more go to our Composting page!