Food sources, especially for the raising of livestock, like cattle, have been highlighted by a lot of scientists as one of the contributors of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which approx. 30%. But then as the demand for food, mostly driven by urbanization and overpopulation continues to increase. This means that natural resources, especially land and water, which are needed to grow crops and raise livestock are on their way to becoming a global crisis. This could not just affect the current generation, but also future generations as well. While a radical approach is needed to really combat climate change, this doesn’t mean small steps in tackling it aren’t as impactful. One of the ways people can take control of their food and help solve the climate crisis is to learn to live sustainably through food.
It’s pretty clear that what we eat definitely has a huge impact on the environment. That’s why here are some things that you can do to help fight climate change through food consumption;
1. Eat Less Meat or Minimize
Raising cattle is the single greatest contributor to greenhouse gases in the agricultural sector. Animal products including chicken, sheep, and pork have higher emissions of greenhouse gases as compared to plants (fruits & veggies). The emissions related to raising livestock can be attributed to the process of how they were raised and the farm/areas that need to be developed for raising them.
So, does this mean, everyone should give up meat? Not entirely, but it helps to reduce meat consumption to a minimum. Maybe making it a treat at least once or twice a week.
2. Go for Fruits and Veggies
The number of resources that are needed in raising livestock is much less as compared to plant sources. But depends on the plant, because some require large amounts of fertilizer like coffee. But in general, planning your meal around vegetables and fruits is not just a win-win for the environment but also good for the body.
3. Learn to Plant
One of the ways ordinary citizens can help cut down on greenhouse gas emissions is to plant or at least grow their own food. Either in containers or in their backyard. This will not only help save a few dollars in the long run but also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. Reducing your grocery trips, which also helps you save gas too.
4. Make Your Own Food
Not just growing your own food, but also learning to cook a meal. You are reducing packaging waste in the process but at the same time, learning to cook is a great skill to learn and control what you put on your plate.
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